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.

FCC Chairman Pai eases up on criticisms to Hurricane Michael response

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai praised Florida's first responders and telecommunications companies.

Signal Search: Cellphone Service After Major Hurricanes

Persistent cellular site outages after Hurricane Michael left many first responders and residents of Panama City (FL) unable to reach loved ones or those in need of help for several days, drawing the ire of some government officials.

Hurricane Michael A Wake Up Call On Why Total Dereg of Telecom A Very Bad Idea.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Gov Rick Scott (R-FL) have expressed frustration with the slow pace of restoring communications in FL in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

Remarks of Chairman Pai's Public Safety Legal Advisor Zenji Nakazawa at IIT Real-Time Communications Conference

I want to share with you a snapshot of what the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership is doing to leverage technology to promote public safety.

Hurricane Michael Aftermath ‘Wake Up Call’ On Deregulating Telecommunications Services

Gov Rick Scott (R-FL) and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai have not taken responsibility for how their radical deregulation of telephone service has contributed to the slow pace of repairs for FL's communications services.

Statement of Chairman Pai on Hurricane Michael Restoration Efforts

Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael, the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacc

Fiber Damage Vexes Verizon After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has caused such extensive damage to the fiber that underpins Verizon's wireless network that it has stymied the carrier’s efforts to restore service to parts of the hardest-hit areas of the Florida Panhandle.

Chairman Pai Statement on Hurricane Michael

Data from the Federal Communications Commission’s Disaster Information Reporting System shows that Hurricane Michael caused substantial communications outages along its destructive path.

After throttling firefighters, Verizon praises itself for saving lives

Verizon is touting its commitment to firefighters and public safety in a new ad, released weeks after Verizon throttled