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Memo: Disaster Recovery Planning

December 17, 2019

Disaster Recovery Planning

From blizzards and flooding to wildfires and hurricanes, 2019 has been a year of weather extremes across the United States. Each season brings new challenges and new opportunities. One challenge we hope you have not had to deal with is the occurrence of a natural disaster in your area. We want to take this opportunity to remind you of network outage reporting obligations and to make sure that your disaster plan has been updated recently with your current contingency procedures and emergency contact information.

FCC Requirements:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has established requirements for the reporting of disruptions to communications and to the reliability and security of communications infrastructures, per Part 4 of 47 C.F.R.

Communications providers covered by these requirements include:

  • Cable communications providers
  • IXC or LEC tandem facilities providers
  • Satellite communications providers
  • SS7 providers
  • Wireless service providers
  • Wireline communications providers
  • Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers
  • Covered 911 service providers


Download the full memo for additional detail on Wireline Communications Providers, Interconnected VoIP Service Providers, and State Requirements.

Memo – Disaster Recovery Plan

Additional Information

For information on this issue or if you would like VPS guidance, please contact these members of the Vantage Point Solutions team:

Jill Weber at 605-995-1832

Wendy Harper at 605-995-1756

Dereck DeVries at 605-995-1762