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FCC Announces February 6 Workshop at Brooklyn Law School

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Released: February 5, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 13-151

Released: February 5, 2013



On February 6, 2013, Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) staff
will convene a workshop on network resiliency at Brooklyn Law School at the Forchelli Center,
located in Feil Hall, 205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021. The workshop will feature
presentations from engineering faculty, industry researchers and network engineers addressing
topics relevant to the Commission’s ongoing examination of network resiliency in the wake of
Superstorm Sandy and other major storms.
The workshop will consist of three panels: The first panel will address questions related
to the overall infrastructure, the impact of climate change on the frequency and severity of future
storms, and on how to measure the effect of natural and man-made disasters on the
communications infrastructure in real time. The second panel will address how to improve the
resiliency of the wired access networks and the Internet backbone. The third panel will focus on
wireless networks, first responders and social networks.
A tentative agenda for the workshop (subject to change) is provided below.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:
Opening Remarks
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM:
Panel #1: Infrastructure and Measurements
· John Heidemann (University of Southern California)
Third-Party Measurement of Network Outages in Hurricane Sandy
· Alexis Kwasinski (The University of Texas at Austin)
Lessons from Field Damage Assessments about Communication Networks Power Supply
and Infrastructure Performance during Natural Disasters with a focus on Hurricane

· Emile Aben (RIPE Network Coordination Centre, The Netherlands); Alistair King
(Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), University of California,
San Diego (UCSD)); Karyn Benson (CAIDA/UCSD); Young S. Hyun (CAIDA/UCSD);
Alberto Dainotti (CAIDA/UCSD); Kimberly Claffy (CAIDA/UCSD)
Lessons learned by "measuring" the Internet during/after the Sandy storm

Kang-Won Lee (IBM Research, USA); Ho Yin Starsky Wong (IBM T.J. Watson Research
Center, USA)
TSCOPE: Real-time Mobile Data Collection Technology Using Spatiotemporal Data

Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University)
Lessons Learned from the 9/11 Attacks
Doug Riecken (Columbia University)
Smart grid
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM:
Panel #2: Backbone and Wireline Access Resiliency
Biswanath Mukherjee (University of California, Davis)
Network Adaptability from Disaster Disruptions and Cascading Failures
Gil Zussman (Columbia University)
The Vulnerability of Fiber Networks and Power Grids to Geographically Correlated

James P. G. Sterbenz (University of Kansas and Lancaster University (UK))
Diverse Network Infrastructure for Resilience and Rapid Recovery from Large-Scale

Shivendra Panwar (Polytechnic Institute of New York University)
Building Robust Cellular Networks
Peter Vetter (Alcatel-Lucent)
FTTH technology in the Aftermath of Sandy
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM:
Panel #3: Wireless Networks, First Responders, Social
· Art Botterell (Carnegie Mellon University)
Managing Interoperability: What Happens When We Succeed?
· Bob Iannucci (Carnegie Mellon University and RAI Laboratory, LLC)
Survivable Social Network
· Theodore Rappaport (Polytechnic Institute of New York University and New York University)

Loss of power and communication: A first-hand account
John Thomas (Sprint)
Minimizing the Risk of Communication Failure
Roch Guérin (University of Pennsylvania)
Leveraging Diversity for Resiliency
Klaus Jacob (Columbia University)
Climate projections
Georgia Bullen (New America Foundation, Open Technology Institute)
Case Study: Red Hook Initiative WiFi and Tidepools
This event is open to the public, although we encourage attendees to register in advance
at (You will need to create an account in order
to register). Individuals attending the event in person must sign in with security personnel at Feil
Hall before proceeding to the Forchelli Center. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many
attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. Individuals
may also register to participate via WebEx, at In addition, coverage of the
meeting will be streamed live over the Internet at Open captioning will be provided for this
event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.
Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to or by
calling the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–
0432 (tty). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed.
In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if it needs more information. Please
allow as much advance notice as possible; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be
impossible to fill.
We also take this opportunity to remind the public that presentations to decision-making
personnel—including those that address network reliability and resiliency in the wake of
Superstorm Sandy—that go to the merits or outcome of the Commission’s pending permit-but-
disclose proceeding regarding network reliability and resiliency, see Reliability and Continuity of
Communications Networks, Including Broadband Technologies
, Notice of Inquiry, 26 FCC Rcd
5614 (2011), must comply with the Commission’s ex parte rules, see, e.g., 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200 et
. The panelists’ presentations and related materials will be entered into the public docket
associated with this proceeding, PS Docket 11-60.
For additional information about the meeting, please contact Brian Hurley, Public Safety
and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-2220 or
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