FCC Helping Haiti
February 9, 2010 at 4:29 AM (PT)
The FCC's Chief of the International Bureau, MINDEL DELATORRE, has posted a blog on the agency's website about her experience in HAITI. Writes DELATORRE, "I have returned from HAITI and am back at FCC headquarters in WASHINGTON, D.C. As I explained previously, our mission to HAITI was at the request of the Haitian telecommunications regulator, CONATEL, and in coordination with USAID (which is leading the US Government efforts in Haiti). Though I have traveled all over the world, and have worked with communications regulators in small and developing countries like HAITI, I have never had quite the experience we had in HAITI."
She continues, "I want to tell you about a special need in HAITI now -- the radio and TV stations. The earthquake affected all of HAITI’s communications infrastructure, but the damage to radio and TV stations has been particularly debilitating because they are normally staffed 24/7, so the proportional loss of life and building and equipment damage was enormous."
"To help improve this situation, at the FCC, we are working with U.S. broadcast organizations to facilitate any assistance possible for the Haitian broadcasters -- from equipment to programming," she concludes.
Read the full blog here.