The new Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee has begun its work. The agency asked the new group to develop best practices for coordination among wireless providers, backhaul providers, and power companies before, during and after a disaster.
Red Grasso and WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein co-chair the working group.
A former firefighter, Grasso is now
the FirstNet point of contact for North Carolina. During a presentation
before the BDAC last Friday, Adelstein said being vice chair of the
group “is an enormous responsibility,” calling communications
restoration “life-saving work” during disasters when people’s lives and
property are at stake. While there is coordination now among the
different facets of the wireless industry during disasters, “We can
always do better.” Continue Reading