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 Safety Broadband Network: Deployment Is Progressing, but FirstNet Could Strengthen Its Oversight

Public-safety officials such as police officers and firefighters rely on communications systems to do their jobs. The Department of Commerce's FirstNet must establish a nationwide public-safety broadband network for use by these officials.

Chairman Pai's Response to Rep. González-Colón Regarding National Verifier

On Oct 31, 2019, Rep Jennifer González-Colón (D-PR) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai about how the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Bureau (PRTB) filed a waiver request to suspend the requirement that carriers use the Nat

Chairman Pai’s Response to Reps. Grijalva, Velazuez, and Gonzalez-Colon Re: Communications Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

On May 7, 2019, Reps Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Jennifer González-Colón (D-PR) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding communications restoration efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irm

Chairman Pai Announces Improved Wireless Emergency Alerts Now Available

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced availability of a suite of enhancements to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) that will enable Americans to receive more geographically precise, effective, and informative alerts on their

California lawmakers fear wildfires will be left out of FCC emergency guidelines

The federal government is working on guidelines to help people keep wireless carrier coverage during emergencies, but California lawmakers worry the agency is prioritizing hurricanes over wildfires.

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.