SANDY Act Introduced In Senate
May 27, 2016 at 7:23 AM (PT)
A Senate version of the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2016 (the "SANDY Act") has been introduced.
The bill, similar to the one that was introduced in Congress by Rep. FRANK PALLONE (D-NJ) and passed the House last week, would require the FCC to allow roaming by mobile phone subscribers on all other networks at reasonable rates during emergencies, and would amend existing law to give broadcasters "essential service provider" status to allow access to disaster sites. Sens. MARIA CANTWELL (D-WA), CORY BOOKER (D-NJ), and CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY) introduced the bill in the Senate TODAY (5/27).
A statement from NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON said, "NAB thanks Sens. CANTWELL, BOOKER and SCHUMER for introducing legislation enabling local radio and television stations to access necessary resources to stay on the air during times of emergencies. When disaster strikes and other networks go down, local broadcasters play a lifeline role in keeping audiences out of harm's way. We applaud Rep. PALLONE for his leadership on this issue through the SANDY Act and urge lawmakers to ensure Americans have access to critical broadcast information during a crisis."