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’s CenturyLink 911 Outage Report Reveals Tech Transition Risk

The Federal Communications Commission released a report on the 911 outage originating in CenturyLink’s network that occurred Dec 27, 2018.

Mayor Pete's Commitment to America's Heartland: Internet for All

Mayor Pete Buttigieg's policies to uplift rural America includes an ambitious and holistic Internet for All initiative to ensure all communities have affordable access to this necessary technology to create businesses, access health care, and expa


First Responder Network Authority

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:00 to 13:00

A combined meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and the Finance Committee

The FirstNet Authority will post a detailed agenda for the combined meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and Finance Committee on its website, http:// www.firstnet.gov, prior to the meetings. 

Tech companies, utilities in conflict on opening airwaves

Large tech companies including Apple and Facebook contend the airwaves in the 6 gigahertz range should be open for use by the next generation of lightning-fast wireless networks.

FCC Improves Access to 911 and Timely Assistance from First Responders

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to help ensure that people who call 911 from multi-line telephone systems—which commonly serve hotels, office buildings, and campuses—can reach 911 and be quickly located by first responders.

FCC Announces CSRIC VII Working Groups and Seeks Participants

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission announces the topics and chairs of the six working groups that will assist the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VII. 


Blandin Foundation

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 09:00 to Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:00

Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement and guidance to reap the full benefits. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of what you’ve got and/or get more.

This year’s conference will shine a light on local broadband heroes as well as look at several aspects of broadband:

The Strategic Exclusion of Puerto Rico’s Data From the Broadband Deployment Report

The Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission failed to include very important data about the status of broadband availability in the US territories affected by these 2017 disasters in 2019’s Broadband Deployment Report.