FCC Derecho Report Praises Broadcasters as First Informers
Points to their role in helping powerless stay connected to key info
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/10/2013 10:04:46 AM
Echoing many of the points made by broadcasters themselves in comments on the storm, it says: "The key role broadcasters played during and following the Derecho should also be recognized...As in many times of crisis, broadcasters served as first informers, providing the information on the storm's path, the damage it caused." It points out that people without power could still receive radio and TV broadcasters with battery-powered devices.
It also points out that 911 call centers took advantage of that fact by working with broadcasters to update the status of 911 service and ways to obtain emergency assistance.
The FCC is expected to release the report Thursday morning, along with a proposal to boost 911 reliability.
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