On July 6, 2022, the FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the resiliency and reliability of mobile wireless networks before, during, and after emergencies. In the Report and Order, the FCC adopts the Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative (MDRI) and requires all wireless providers to:
- Enter into reasonable arrangements for roaming during disasters;
- Establish arrangements for providing mutual aid during disasters;
- Take reasonable measures to enhance municipal preparedness and restoration;
- Take reasonable measures to increase consumer readiness and preparation; and
- Take reasonable measures to improve public awareness and stakeholder communications on service and restoration status.
In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC seeks comment on developing a standardized form for wireless providers to report on their compliance with the MDRI.
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
For general information regarding the accessibility of emergency information, visit https://www.fcc.gov/accessibility. For further information, please contact William 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).