Roundtable Discussion: Introducing the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) to the Next Generation of Communications

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau hosted a roundtable discussion to enable interested parties to identify ways to bring the DIRS into the next generation of communications. The format of the roundtable was a facilitated discussion led by Commission staff. During the roundtable, staff solicited input from attendees on issues such as:

  • The value of information currently provided by DIRS to communications restoration efforts during disasters;
  • Ways to increase voluntary participation in DIRS;
  • Extending DIRS to obtain more detailed data about the effects of a disaster on broadband communications services;
  • Adding information from over the top voice and video service providers; and
  • What, if any, additional information from DIRS participants might be beneficial to the restoration process.

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