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.

Remarks Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At "911 Goes To Washington"

The Federal Communications Commission takes an all-of-the-above approach to public safety, so in addition to meeting our statutory obligations, the Commission is pursuing its own initiatives to strengthen emergency calling.

Kansas City Customers Consider Leaving Google Fiber After Weeks Without Internet

Google Fiber says dozens of customers remain without home internet nearly two weeks after a major winter storm knocked out service for many across Kansas City. The company says technicians are "working night and day" to get subscribers back online

Trump Airwaves Takeover?

As reports emerged that President Donald Trump considered declaring a national emergency to fund a wall on the Southern border, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote on Twitter such a move permits the president to “shut dow

FCC Investigating Link Between 911 Lines Going Down Nationwide and CenturyLink's Internet Outages

Some 911 emergency services in various parts of the country were inaccessible Dec 28 amid an internet outage from Louisiana-based CenturyLink, prompting a federal inquiry and rebuke.

FCC Issues Annual Report on State 911 Fees

The Federal Communications Commission published its tenth annual report to Congress on the collection and distribution of 911 fees by states.

Senate passes READI Act -- an emergency alert bill

The US Senate unanimously passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act.

911: A Look Back and a Look Forward

A recap of the Federal Communications Commission's 2018 work to strengthen emergency calling and highlight some of our next steps for 2019.


First Responder Network Authority

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:00 to 14:30

FirstNet will post a detailed agenda for the Combined Board Committees and Board Meeting on its website, http:// www.firstnet.gov, prior to the meetings. The agenda topics are subject to change. Please note that the subjects that will be discussed by the Committees and the Board may involve commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential or other legal matters affecting FirstNet.

Chairman Pai's Response Regarding the Mendocino Complex Fire

On Nov 26, 2018, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to an Aug 31 letter from Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and to a Sept 6 letter from Sens Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) regarding the