FCC Deactivates DIRS for Hurricane Maria

The FCC, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Coordinating Center for Communications and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has deactivated the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for areas impacted by Hurricane Maria. DIRS was activated for Maria in September 2017, and it remained active for an unprecedented 183 days. “The FCC will instead commence periodic individual conference calls with relevant communications providers to discuss the status of their restoration efforts as well as lessons learned to prepare for the coming hurricane season,” the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau said in a public notice released today.

“Also, effective today, Network Outage Reporting System reporting obligations under Part 4 of the Commission’s rules, which were suspended for providers reporting in DIRS while DIRS was activated, are now again in effect for new network outages for the area covered by DIRS reporting for Hurricane Maria.”

Courtesy TRDaily