Comments due: December 16, 2021
Reply comments due: January 14, 2022

On October 21, 2021, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comment on ways to improve the reliability and resiliency of communications networks during emergencies and ways to ensure that communications services remain operational when disasters strike.  The NPRM also seeks comment on improving the availability of information and communications services to persons with disabilities before and during emergencies.  Comments and reply comments had been due on December 6, 2021, and January 4, 2022, respectively.

On November 30, 2021, the FCC released an order granting an additional ten days for filing comments and reply comments on the NPRM.

Communications Networks Resiliency NPRM:
URL:   https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-acts-improve-communications-reliability-during-disasters-0  
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-99A1.docx  
PDF:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-99A1.pdf  
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-99A1.txt  

Order Granting an Extension of Time:
URL:   https://www.fcc.gov/document/pshsb-extends-comment-deadlines-resiliency-proceeding  
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1483A1.docx  
PDF:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1483A1.pdf  
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1483A1.txt  

For general information regarding the accessibility of emergency information, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/accessibility.  For further information, please contact Bill Wallace, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-2716 or William.Wallace@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are ASL-fluent may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021