Thursday, April 22, 2010

Broadband Reliability Study by FCC

Announced today: FCC COMMENCES INQUIRY ON SURVIVABILITY OF AMERICA'S BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE.The FCC today launched an inquiry on the ability of the existing broadband networks to withstand damage or severe overload as a result of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other emergencies, as recommended in the National Broadband Plan. (Dkt No 10-92). The news release and the NOI.

As we have seen from 9/11/2001 and Katrina 2005, networks can't survive that kind of situation. But then we haven't done much in the way of trying to beef up since then either.

"As Americans are increasingly relying on broadband networks for voice, video, data, and other communications services, the reliability and survivability of broadband communications networks becomes an even more critical factor in the safety, security, and well-being of the American people."

The FCC also launched an inquiry into a proposal to create a cyber security certification program for communications services providers that will promote the use of best practices to better protect the nation's networks against cyber attacks. News Release and the NOI (Dkt No 10-93)

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