Monday, March 13, 2006

Pulver/Evslin Petition to the FCC on Post-Desaster Communication 

Today, Jeff Pulver and Tom Evslin filed a Petition with the US Federal Communications Commission in an effort to mitigate the effects of long-term telephone outages in the event of natural disasters or other public crises.

They propose a solution that could provide immediate relief before the next hurricane season and before more elaborate rules might feasibly be established. They ask simply that the FCC require any provider obligated to provide E911 services to establish an alternate communications service for affected customers via either: (1) activating for each customer a voicemail service that would be accessed by incoming callers dialing the customer's phone number, or (2) providing expedited local number porting to an alternate service provider selected by the customer, including porting to a number outside of the geographic area and/or rate center. Either of these proposals would provide a technically feasible and reasonable means of ensuring that consumers remain connected during emergencies.

For more information see either Jeff's blogentry or the petition itself.

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