FCC Seeks Comment on Outage Information Sharing Framework FNPRM

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Commission published in the Federal Register the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) proposing an information-sharing framework to provide qualified federal and state agencies with access to Network Outage Reporting System (“NORS”) and Disaster Information Reporting System (“DIRS”) information, thus establishing the comment dates.

The FNPRM seeks comment on sharing NORS and DIRS data with state and federal agencies. The Commission proposes to limit the types of agencies eligible to receive this direct data to agencies acting on behalf of the federal government; the fifty states; the District of Columbia; Tribal Nation governments; and US territories, and proposes to allow local entities to access this information on a case-by-case basis, and seeks comment on this approach. To safeguard access to NORS and DIRS filings, the Commission seeks comment on specific proposals to allow and limit direct access to the information, protect the confidentiality of the information with targeted safeguards, and allow for certain disclosures of the information.

  • Comments are due April 30, 2020.
  • Reply comments are due June 1, 2020.

For more information please see the previous blog post-FCC Releases Outage Information Sharing Framework FNPRM.

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