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The mission of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks (Katrina Panel or Independent Panel) was to review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure. The Independent Panel studied the impact of Hurricane Katrina on all sectors of the telecommunications and media industries, including public safety communications. The panel also reviewed the sufficiency and effectiveness of the recovery effort with respect to the communications infrastructure. On June 12, 2006, the Independent Panel made recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communications among first responders.

The Katrina Panel's public documents are available at the FCC's Public Reference Center, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554.

Related Public Releases

  • 6/8/2008
  • Order Regarding Recommendations of the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks
  • Order: Word | Acrobat
  • 10/5/2007
  • Order Suspending Section 12.2.
  • Order: Word | Acrobat
  • 10/4/2007
  • Modified Section 12.2 to address several meritorious issues raised in the Petitions.
  • Order: Word | Acrobat
  • 8/2/2007
  • Order Extending Effective Date of Section 12.2.
  • Order: Word | Acrobat
  • 7/26/2006
  • Request for Comment on Applicability of Recommendations to All Types of Disasters.
  • Public Notice: Word | Acrobat
  • 6/19/2006
  • Request for comments on recommendations submitted by the Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks.
  • Order: Word | Acrobat

Updated: 
Thursday, February 19, 2009