Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC)
CSRIC is an advisory committee of the FCC. CSRIC’s mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC to ensure, among other things, optimal security and reliability of communications systems, including telecommunications, media, and public safety. Between 2013-2016, the FCC tasked CSRIC to examine issues affecting undersea cables. Among other issues, CSRIC V assessed industry practices, government policies, and interagency coordination mechanisms to promote a more resilient submarine cable infrastructure. CSRIC V examined risks of potential damage to submarine cables and disruptions to U.S. communications presented by the clustering in close geographic proximity of cable landing station facilities and associated submarine cables. CSRIC V provided two sets of recommendations on submarine cables:
- On June 22, 2016, CSRIC adopted recommendations for enhancing coordination between and among federal, state, and local agencies without increasing regulatory burdens.
- On September 14, 2016, CSRIC adopted recommendations for promoting diversity of routes and landings.
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