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FCC Provides Additional Details of Feb. 5 Sandy Field Hearing

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Released: February 1, 2013



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DA 13-140

Released: February 1, 2013



In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to convene a series of field hearings to examine
challenges to the nation’s communications networks during natural disasters and in other times
of crisis.
On January 8, 2013, the Commission announced that the first hearing would be held in
New York and New Jersey on February 5, 2013.1 By this Public Notice, we provide additional
details about this event.


Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan
New York, NY 10004
9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00 AM
Panel #1: Public and Private Responses to Superstorm Sandy
Moderator: David Turetsky, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security
Bureau, FCC
· Sean Kielty, Region II Emergency Communications Coordinator, Federal
Emergency Management Agency
· Rahul Merchant, Chief Information and Innovation Officer and Commissioner,
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, New York City
· Cliff Abbio, Crown Castle U.S.A.
· Jack Schnirman, City Manager, City of Long Beach, New York
· Michael Corso, Managing Director, New York State Public Service Commission

1 See FCC Announces Date and Locations for the First Post-Superstorm Sandy Field Hearing, Public Notice, DA 13-
19 (PSHSB rel. Jan. 8, 2013).

11:00 AM
Panel #2: Assessing Network Resiliency – Lessons Learned From Sandy
Moderator: Sean Lev, General Counsel, FCC
Jim Gerace, Vice President State Government Affairs – New York, Verizon
Ed Comer, General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute
Upendra Chivukula, Assemblyman, New Jersey State Legislature
Brian Allen, Corporate Group Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Time
Warner Cable
Tony Bardo, Vice President, Hughes Network Systems (an Echostar corporation)
12:00 PM
Chairman Genachowski concludes morning session


Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio Center, River Street, Hoboken,
NJ 07030
2:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
3:00 PM
Panel #3: Communicating During Times of Emergency
Moderator: David Turetsky
Chuck Bell, Consumers Union
Dave Davis, President and GM, WABC-TV
John Hogan, CEO, Clear Channel
· Emily Rahimi, Manager of Social Media, New York Fire Department
· Nigel Snoad, Product Manager, Google Crisis Response
4:00 PM
Panel #4: “Outside the box” – New Ideas to Improve Communications
Moderator: Sean Lev
· Brian Fontes, CEO, National Emergency Number Association

· David Dodd, Chief Information Officer, Stevens Institute of Technology
· Professor Shiv Panwar, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
· Bill Smith, President of Network Operations, AT&T
Paul Rotella, New Jersey Association of Broadcasters
5:00 PM
Chairman Genachowski concludes afternoon session.
The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however,
admittance will be limited to seating availability. The Commission will provide audio and/or
video coverage of the meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at Open captioning will be provided for this event, and a written
transcript of the event will be posted in PS Docket 11-60. 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 submit any such requests for accommodations
as soon 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 in PS Docket 11-60 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 seq. Interested parties are also invited to submit written
comments in this public docket.
For additional information about the meeting, please contact Gene Fullano, Associate
Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-0492 or
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