Thursday, September 26, 2013

FCC to Require Mobile Operators to Disclose Network Availability after Disasters

The FCC is proposing new rules that would require wireless service providers to publicly disclose the

percentage of cell sites within their networks that are operational during and immediately after disasters. 

The FCC said its goal is to provide consumers with a yardstick for comparing wireless performance in emergencies. The rules also seek to encourage competition in the wireless industry to improve network reliability. 

The FCC's proposal would require wireless service providers to submit to the FCC, for public disclosure on 
a daily basis during and immediately after disasters, the percentage of operational cell sites for each county 
within a designated disaster area.