This workshop and webinar will cover issues pending in two open FCC proceedings.

The first two panels of the workshop will address the proposed extension of outage reporting to interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers and broadband Internet service providers (ISPs). Panelists will examine the various ways in which public safety agencies and the critical infrastructure industries rely on communications, and how outages of interconnected VoIP and broadband Internet service providers could affect their vital work. The discussion will also explore the processes and methods by which information about outages can be made available to the FCC so as to minimize burden on filers, while ensuring the filing of complete information. The workshop also will examine metrics and thresholds that have been proposed as triggers for outage reporting.

The final panel of the workshop will address the issues regarding the reliability and continuity of communications networks, including broadband. The discussion will examine more generally what the FCC's role has been and should be in promoting reliability, resiliency and continuity of communications services; explore issues of ensuring continuity of communications services during major disasters; and examine the state of reliability and resiliency standards for broadband communications networks services.

Related Materials

  • Chairman Genachowski's Remarks
  • Commissioner Copps' Remarks
  • FCC’s PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ANNOUNCES AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 WORKSHOP/WEBINAR ON PROPOSED EXTENSION OF OUTAGE REPORTING AND ON NETWORK RELIABILITY AND CONTINUITY
    Read the Public Notice: Word | Acrobat | Plain Text
  • FCC’s PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU TO HOLD WORKSHOP/WEBINAR ON PROPOSED EXTENSION OF OUTAGE REPORTING TO INTERCONNECTED VOIP AND BROADBAND ISPs AND NETWORK RELIABILITY AND CONTINUITY
    Read the Public Notice: Word | Acrobat | Plain Text