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                                                                    DA 06-781

                                                                April 3, 2006

                       APRIL 18, 2006 AT FCC HEADQUARTERS

   Washington, D.C.: This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent
   with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended,
   the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Independent Panel Reviewing
   the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks ("Independent
   Panel" or "Panel") will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
   at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room, Federal Communications
   Commission, 445 12^th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC.

   The Panel will hear presentations from its three informal working groups
   (IWG-1 Infrastructure Resiliency, IWG-2 Recovery Coordination and
   Procedures and IWG-3 Emergency Communications) regarding their work to
   date. The informal working groups' presentations will form the framework
   for discussion of the specific issues, findings and recommendations to be
   addressed in the Panel's report to the FCC which must be submitted by June
   15, 2006. The report will address the impact of Hurricane Katrina on
   communications infrastructure, including public safety communications, and
   recommendations for improving disaster preparedness, network reliability
   and communications among first responders. The Panel may take action on
   any of the issues raised during the meeting. The Panel may also hear
   presentations and/or demonstrations from invited representatives of
   government agencies and/or other entities that address emergency response
   and disaster preparedness issues.

   Members of the general public may attend the meeting. The FCC will attempt
   to accommodate as many people as possible. Admittance, however, will be
   limited to the seating availability. Real Audio access to the meeting will
   be available at [1] Open captioning will be provided for this
   event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are
   available upon request. To request accommodations, send an e-mail to
   [2] or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at
   202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY). Include a description of the
   accommodation you will need with as much detail as possible. Also include
   a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at
   least five days advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but
   may be impossible to fill.

   The public may submit written comments before the meeting to: Lisa M.
   Fowlkes, the Commission's Designated Federal Officer for the Independent
   Panel, at [3] or by U.S. Postal Mail (Lisa M. Fowlkes,
   Designated Federal Officer, Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel, Federal
   Communications Commission, 445 12^th Street, SW, Room 7-C737, Washington
   DC 20554).

   Further information regarding the Independent Panel, including publicly
   available documents, may be found on the Panel's website at
   [4] In addition, publicly available documents related
   to the Panel are available for inspection and copying at the FCC's Public
   Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257,
   Washington, D.C.

   Enforcement Bureau Contacts: Lisa M. Fowlkes, Designated Federal Officer
   (202) 418-7452 or Jean Ann Collins, Alternate Designated Federal Officer
   (202) 418-2792.

   News Media Contact: David Fiske (202) 418-0513.



   Federal Communications Commission

   445 12^th St., S.W.

   Washington, D.C. 20554

                                        News Media Information 202 / 418-0500


                                                          TTY: 1-888-835-5322


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