Did I miss a problem: FCC and CISA stress need for access during pandemic

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Wed May 27 01:40:10 UTC 2020

I have not heard of any problems with access for ISP and communications 
workers in any U.S. state or locality during the pandemic.

Did I miss a big problem requiring the FCC chairman and CISA Director send 
a letter?


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and the Cybersecurity 
and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs
today sent a letter to the nation’s governors encouraging them to provide 
necessary access and resources to the communications workers helping to 
keep Americans connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The letter includes these key points:
- Highlights recent guidance from CISA related to the essential critical 
infrastructure workforce and 911 centers during the pandemic
- Asks that certain communications industry entities and personnel be 
declared essential to the pandemic response and afforded all appropriate 
access and resources
- Asks that states consider prioritizing the distribution of personal 
protective equipment to communications personnel when available
- Underscores the role of various communications industry personnel to 
supporting consumers’ remote emergency communications needs
- Encourages industry and government to work together to prioritize and 
complete communications infrastructure and next generation 911 projects
- Calls on states to facilitate the maintenance, repair, and provisioning 
of communications infrastructure and services by providing online access 
to relevant government functions, such as the permitting process, where 
not already available electronically.

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