FCC Applauds Carriers on Network Resiliency Plan

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screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-10-26-09-pmUPDATE  The details of the wireless cooperation plan that was pulled off the FCC’s meeting agenda last week are now public; commissioners voted on the plan detailing sharing of facilities on towers ahead of time but some of the details weren’t revealed until now.

The voluntary “Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework” is now official and the agency, happy that this plan achieves its network resiliency goals — before, during and after a crisis — cancelled a rulemaking (PS Docket 13-239) that would have mandated elements of the plan. In fact, the agency yesterday commended wireless companies for cooperating on implementing elements of the framework during catastrophic flooding in Louisiana in August.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon as well as CTIA developed the five-point plan to enhance coordination. It provides for roaming under disaster arrangements when technically feasible and fostering mutual aid during emergencies.

Increasing consumer readiness and preparation and improving public awareness and stakeholder communications on service and restoration status are also part of the plan, Inside Towers reported.

December 22, 2016

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