FCC schedules Hurricane Sandy field hearings


FCCThe FCC will be going on the road to discuss the resiliency of America’s communications infrastructure when challenged by a major natural catastrophe such as Hurricane Sandy – a conversation broadcasters are only to happy too participate in.

The date will be 2/5/12, and there will be two sessions: one in the morning in Manhattan in New York City, and one in the afternoon in Hoboken NJ.

Other hearings are also in the works.

The FCC said, “The first hearing will facilitate a wider national dialogue about the resiliency of communications networks by focusing on the impact of Superstorm Sandy, and help inform recommendations and actions to strengthen wired and wireless networks in the face of such large-scale emergencies.”

Here is information on times and venues:
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Morning Session
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
1 Bowling Green, Manhattan
New York, NY 10004

Afternoon Session
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Stevens Institute of Technology
Babbio Center
River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

RBR-TVBR observation: As long as broadcasters have anything at all left standing they are usually able to function under the worst conditions – thanks to the ability to get enough juice out of generators to take their one-to-many signal out to everybody within the station’s service area – no wires needed. Broadcasters are often the only medium left standing and functional – and the service provided during the most critical moments is something that legislators and regulators in Washington need to keep in mind when considering communications policy.