FCC recruits execs for preparedness panel


Prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks, the Federal Communications Commission is
recruiting broadcast, cable and satellite-TV executives for an FCC advisory
committee to safeguard the reliability and security of electronic mass
communications during a terrorist attack or other catastrophe.

The committee will be modeled on the Network Reliability and Interoperability
Council the FCC established for the phone industry in 1992.

Corporate executives sit on the council and develop strategies to prevent
disruptions and make plans for disaster recovery.

Media trade groups have been asked to suggest prospective members. FCC
officials plan to announce the committee in a couple of weeks.