FCC Holds First Post-Sandy Emergency Communications Hearings Today In NYC, Hoboken
February 5, 2013 at 4:13 AM (PT)
The FCC is holding the first of a series of field hearings reviewing emergency communications in the wake of Superstorm Sandy TODAY (2/5) in NEW YORK and HOBOKEN.
At the morning session at the ALEXANDER HAMILTON U.S. Customs House, the opening panel, moderated by FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief DAVID TURETSKY, will include FEMA's SEAN KIELTY, NEW YORK CITY Dept. of IT/Telecommunications Chief Information and Innovation Officer and Commissioner RAHUL MERCHANT, CROWN CASTLE U.S.A.'s CLIFF ABBIO, LONG BEACH, NY City Manager JACK SCHNIRMAN, and the NEW YORK STATE Public Service Commission's MICHAEL CORSO. The second half of the morning session will look at network resiliency with the FCC's General Counsel SEAN LEV joined by VERIZON's JIM GERACE, EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE's ED COMER, NEW JERSEY Assemblyman UPENDRA CHIVUKULA (D-17th), TIME WARNER CABLE's BRIAN ALLEN, and HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS' TONY BARDO.
The action crosses the HUDSON RIVER for a pair of afternoon panels at STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. In the first, TURETSKY will moderate a session on "Communicating During Times of Emergency," with CLEAR CHANNEL CEO JOHN HOGAN appearing along with CONSUMERS UNION's CHUCK BELL, ABC O&O WABC-TV (ABC 7)/NEW YORK Pres./GM DAVE DAVIS, NEW YORK Fire Dept. Manager/Social Media EMILY RAHIMI, and GOOGLE's NIGEL SNOAD. LEV closes things out with a panel seeking new ideas to improve communications services, with the NEW JERSEY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION's PAUL ROTELLA, AT&T's BILL SMITH, NYU's Prof. SHIV PANWAR, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY's DAVID DODD, and NATIONAL EMERGENCY NUMBER ASSOCIATION's BRIAN FONTES.