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FCC HOMELAND SECURITY ACTION PLAN
Partnerships with other governmental entities, with its regulated
industries, and with certain trade associations are core to the FCC's
Homeland Security initiatives; FCC representatives actively participate
in over 50 organizations that are concerned with Homeland Security at
the international, national, state, local, or tribal level. In
addition, Bureaus and Offices throughout the Commission regularly
initiate actions that promote Homeland Security objectives. These
objectives include protecting and facilitating rapid restoration of the
nation's communications infrastructure, promoting effective
communications services for public safety, public health, and other
emergency personnel, and enhancing the Commission's own emergency
response capabilities. Select elements of the current action plan,
which in many cases also involve our partnerships, are as follows.
1. OBJECTIVE: Strengthen measures for protecting the nation's
communications infrastructure and facilitate rapid service restoration
n Consider a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance the FCC's ongoing program to promote
the best practices of the Network Reliability and Interoperability
Council (NRIC). (See attached June 27, 2003 letter from FCC Chairman
Powell to Department of Homeland Secretary Ridge. Negotiations on the
terms of a Memorandum of Understanding began on July 8, 2003).
n After outreach through seminars, teleconferences, publications,
and web-based events, work with NRIC to develop and conduct a survey to
measure the degree of industry implementation of NRIC best practices.
n Working with DHS as appropriate, initiate an outreach program to
promote best practices of the Media Security and Reliability Council
(MSRC) at the local level, including producing informational pamphlets
that media companies and their trade associations will distribute.
n Establish a series of Homeland Security informational exchanges
via video-conference with foreign telecommunications regulators
concerning telecommunications infrastructure and the applicability of
NRIC and MSRC best practices.
n Working together with DHS's National Communications System and
with NENA, NASNA, and APCO, provide every state and local 911
administrator Telecommunications Service Priority guidance material,
including enrollment materials and ``Frequently Asked Questions;''
increase by 100% enrollment of the nation's 911 call centers by the end
n Develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the New York City
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)
regarding service restoration coordination; establish an outreach
program to other metropolitan areas to determine if they can benefit
from service restoration plans based on the DoITT model.
n Working together with the National Congress of American Indians,
other tribal organizations and leaders, and other relevant federal
government agencies, develop a plan that tribes can use to assist in
protecting communications infrastructure.
n Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, review CALEA
compliance by telecommunications carriers.
2. OBJECTIVE: Promote access to effective communications services by
public safety, public health, and other emergency personnel:
n Convene a summit of stakeholders, including representatives from
disabilities rights organizations, telecommunications relay centers,
the Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee and Local and State
Government Advisory Committee, and other governmental entities to
identify specific communications issues that confront individuals with
disabilities, particularly the hard of hearing and deaf individuals,
during national emergencies or terrorist attacks and develop a strategy
for resolving these issues where possible.
n Continue work on the Chairman's E911 Coordination Initiative,
convening a second summit of E911 stakeholders to address ongoing E911
n Consider a Report and Order addressing the issue of whether to
broaden the scope of E911 to include additional services.
n Consider a Report and Order in the 800 MHz Proceeding, concerning
resolution of interference to public safety systems in the 800 MHz
n Consider a Report and Order in the Intelligent Transportation
Systems Proceeding, permitting dedicated short-range communications at
5.9 GHz, thereby promoting traveler safety and providing other public
n Consider a Report and Order in the Rural Health Care Streamlining
proceeding, facilitating telemedicine funding.
n Consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Cognitive Radio
Technologies to identify potential changes to the Commission's
technical rules, policies, procedures, or practices that would
facilitate development of this technology, thereby enhancing the use of
public safety and other spectrum.
n Based on MSRC recommendations and in coordination with DHS,
consider a Notice of Inquiry concerning necessary steps to ensure the
continued viability of the Emergency Alert System and other public