A major goal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is to ensure that reliable communications are available throughout the United States, including to first responders on both a day-to-day and emergency basis. However, communications capabilities are often limited during and immediately after disasters, when the terrestrial communications infrastructure may be severely damaged or unavailable for a period of time. To gain insight into potential technological solutions to this issue, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) issued in early 2011 a public notice soliciting comment on the ability of deployable aerial communications architecture (DACA) to provide communications when the terrestrial communications infrastructure is severely damaged or unavailable.
The Bureau has assembled a Staff White Paper which addresses how DACA could be implemented and used, summarizes the comments received on this issue, and provides recommendations for next steps.
FCC Announces Agenda for Workshop/Webinar on Rapidly Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture
Public Notice: Word  | Acrobat  | Plain Text 
The Role of Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture in Emergency Communications and Recommended Next Steps
White Paper: Word  | Acrobat (as above) 
FCC Staff White Paper Outlines Vision for "Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture" To Improve the Ability to Communicate in Times of Emergency
News Release: Word 
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comment on Rapidly Deployable Aerial Telecommunications Architecture Capable of Providing Immediate Communications to Disaster Areas
Public Notice: Word  | Acrobat