FCC Hurricane Michael after-action report

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Thu May 9 23:41:49 UTC 2019

The FCC has released its report and analysis of Hurricane Michael impact 
on communications: preparation, effect and recovery.


Conclusions and Recommendations

51. Backhaul outages loomed large as an impediment to communications 
recovery. Uncoordinated post-storm recovery efforts between and among 
communications, utility, and debris removal teams created unnecessary 
delays to a speedy return to service. Customers who had communications 
service restored – only to lose it again almost immediately because of a 
fiber cut – provide a clear example of how better cross-sector 
coordination could have improved the restoration process.

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