FCC Wants Subsea Cable Outage Reporting

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new rules requiring submarine cable networks to report significant outages to the FCC.

The rules would affect  60 undersea cable networks that provide connectivity between the mainland U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as virtually all connectivity between the United States and the rest of the world.

The Commission’s proposed rules requires that submarine cable licensees report major outages (lost connectivity or degradation of 50 percent or more of an undersea cable’s
capacity for periods of at least 30 minutes), irrespective of whether the cable’s traffic is re-routed.  

The Commission also seeks comment on how the agency can improve submarine cable deployment processes generally.
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