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.

US Court of Appeals Issues Net Neutrality Decision

We uphold the 2018 Order, with two exceptions.

A Time to Give Thanks

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

Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Hold the FCC Accountable for America’s Degrading Telephone Network

Public Knowledge joined 23 other public interest, civil rights, tribal, and rural advocacy groups (including the Benton Institute) in a 

Chairman Pai Calls on Congress to Repeal T-Band Mandate

In 2012, Congress passed legislation requiring the Federal Communications Commission to reallocate and auction T-Band spectrum used for decades by public safety licensees and fund the relocation of those licensees elsewhere.

FCC Helps First Responders Quickly Locate Wireless 911 Callers

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules that will help first responders locate people who call 911 from wireless phones in multi-story buildings.

Utilities, Responders Renew Critique of FCC’s Wi-Fi Sharing Plan

Power companies, first responders and railroads are intensifying criticism of the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to allow Wi-Fi traffic on the 6 GHz band of airwaves they currently use.

FCC Issues Advisory Committee Public Safety and Telehealth Reports

The Federal Communications Commission released four reports from its Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).

T-Mobile Announces Three New Plans for its 5G Network

T-Mobile plans to light up its nationwide 5G on Dec 6, laying a foundation for the New T-Mobile’s massive network that will have the capacity to deliver breakthrough connectivity initiatives to millions if the T-Mobile/Sprint merger closes in 2020

CenturyLink & West Safety Communications Agree to Pay $575,000 for Multi-State 911 Outage in Aug 2018

The Federal Communications Commission announced settlements with CenturyLink and West Safety Communications to conclude investigations into violations of FCC rules in connection with a multi-state 911 outage that took place on Aug 1, 2018.