Emergency Communications

The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Huricane Katrina and other man-made and natural disasters often reveal flaws in emergency communications systems. Here we attempt to chart the effects of disasters on our telecommunications and media communications systems -- and efforts by policymakers to stregthen these systems.

A Time to Give Thanks

Rounding out our December meeting will be two matters that were previewed yesterday.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition and Free Press Call for Better FCC Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in Puerto Rico

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and Free Press filled joint comments with the Federal Communications Commission calling on the agency to increase efforts to help Puerto Rico fully recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastat

Chairman Pai Speech at National Association of Broadcasters

[Speech] You either believe broadcasters should be allowed to innovate, or you don’t. And we do. So last November, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules authorizing the Next Gen TV transmission standard.

Report and Recommendations on Hawaii Emergency Management Agency January 13, 2018 False Alert

On January 13, 2018 at 8:07 am, the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sought to conduct an internal exercise of their ballistic missile defense drill using the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The exercis

Date/Location Details: 

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Federal Communications Committee

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:00 to 14:00

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview

  • Justin Cain, Deputy Chief, Operations and Emergency Management Division, PSHSB

9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

9:30 a.m. Roundtable 1: Federal Information Requirements

Moderator: Jeff Goldthorp, Associate Bureau Chief, PSHSB


Wireless Emergency Alerts: An Update

In January, the state of Hawaii mistakenly warned the public of an imminent missile attack by issuing a false alert to televisions, radios, and wireless phones.

How Localities Can Prepare for—and Capitalize on—the Coming Wave of Public Safety Network Construction

In the coming months, localities around the nation can expect to begin receiving a flood of applications to construct the first of hundreds—perhaps thousands—of new telecommunications towers up to 300 feet high, plus applications to attach hundred

New FCC Lifeline Policy Would Be a 'Death Sentence' for Puerto Ricans Recovering from Hurricanes

A new rule championed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai would limit internet and phone access for millions of low-income and elderly Americans.

Hawaii congressional delegation pushes military to take over missile alerts

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation told Rear Adm. Patrick A.