FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 6, 2006

“The FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks (Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel) was established pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended. The mission of the Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel is to review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure in the areas affected by the hurricane. Specifically, the Independent Panel will study the impact of Hurricane Katrina on all sectors of the telecommunications and media industries, including public safety communications. The Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel will also review the sufficiency and effectiveness of the recovery effort with respect to the infrastructure. The Independent Panel will then make recommendations to the FCC by June 15, 2006 regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communication among first responders such as police, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel.”

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