MDRI R&O Submitted for OMB Approval

On April 12, 2023, the FCC published in the Federal Register notice that it has submitted the Report and Order codifying the voluntary Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework into the Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative (“MDRI”) to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”).  Parties interested in filing comments on the proposed paperwork collections may file them with OMB on or before May 12, 2023.

OMB typically completes its review of new information collection submissions within 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.  Once OMB has concluded its review, it will be announced via Federal Register.  This announcement may come shortly after OMB concludes its review or several weeks or months later.

As a reminder, providers are required to comply with the new rules at the later of (i) 30 days after the Bureau issues a Public Notice announcing that OMB has completed review of any new information collection requirements associated with the R&O or (ii) nine months after the publication of the R&O in the Federal Register for small facilities-based mobile wireless providers (defined as 1,500 or fewer employees pursuant to the SBA standard) and six months after the publication of the R&O in the Federal Register for all other (i.e., not small) facilities-based mobile wireless providers (the Report and Order was published on September 30, 2022).  Providers are required to have bilateral roaming agreements executed and in place no later than the compliance date, have mutual aid arrangements in place within 30 days of this date, and perform a complete first round of testing no later than this date. 

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