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H.R. 1250: Emergency Reporting Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 16, 2021 (Preprint (Suspension)).


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                                                                       117TH CONGRESS
                                                                          1ST SESSION
                                                                                                            H. R. 1250
                                                                       To direct the Federal Communications Commission to issue reports after
                                                                           activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System and to make
                                                                           improvements to network outage reporting.




                                                                                     IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                                                   FEBRUARY 23, 2021
                                                                       Ms. MATSUI (for herself, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. THOMPSON of Cali-
                                                                           fornia, and Mr. HUFFMAN) introduced the following bill; which was re-
                                                                           ferred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce




                                                                                                                 A BILL
                                                                       To direct the Federal Communications Commission to issue
                                                                          reports after activation of the Disaster Information Re-
                                                                          porting System and to make improvements to network
                                                                          outage reporting.

                                                                         1              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
                                                                         2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
                                                                         3     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

                                                                         4              This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Emergency Reporting
                                                                         5 Act’’.
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2 1 SEC. 2. REPORTS AFTER ACTIVATION OF DISASTER INFOR- 2 MATION REPORTING SYSTEM; IMPROVE- 3 MENTS TO NETWORK OUTAGE REPORTING. 4 (a) REPORTS AFTER ACTIVATION OF DISASTER IN- 5 FORMATION REPORTING SYSTEM.— 6 (1) PRELIMINARY REPORT.— 7 (A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 6 weeks 8 after the deactivation of the Disaster Informa- 9 tion Reporting System with respect to an event 10 for which the System was activated for at least 11 7 days, the Commission shall issue a prelimi- 12 nary report on, with respect to such event and 13 to the extent known— 14 (i) the number and duration of any 15 outages of— 16 (I) broadband internet access 17 service; 18 (II) interconnected VoIP service; 19 (III) commercial mobile service; 20 and 21 (IV) commercial mobile data 22 service; 23 (ii) the approximate number of users 24 or the amount of communications infra- kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS 25 structure potentially affected by an outage 26 described in clause (i); •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
3 1 (iii) the number and duration of any 2 outages at public safety answering points 3 that prevent public safety answering points 4 from receiving emergency calls and routing 5 such calls to emergency service personnel; 6 and 7 (iv) any additional information deter- 8 mined appropriate by the Commission. 9 (B) DEVELOPMENT OF REPORT.—The 10 Commission shall develop the report required by 11 subparagraph (A) using information collected 12 by the Commission, including information col- 13 lected by the Commission through the System. 14 (2) PUBLIC FIELD HEARINGS.— 15 (A) REQUIREMENT.—Not later than 8 16 months after the deactivation of the Disaster 17 Information Reporting System with respect to 18 an event for which the System was activated for 19 at least 7 days, the Commission shall hold at 20 least 1 public field hearing in the area affected 21 by such event. 22 (B) INCLUSION OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS 23 IN HEARINGS.—For each public field hearing 24 held under subparagraph (A), the Commission kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS 25 shall consider including— •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
4 1 (i) representatives of State govern- 2 ment, local government, or Indian Tribal 3 governments in areas affected by such 4 event; 5 (ii) residents of the areas affected by 6 such event, or consumer advocates; 7 (iii) providers of communications serv- 8 ices affected by such event; 9 (iv) faculty of institutions of higher 10 education; 11 (v) representatives of other Federal 12 agencies; 13 (vi) electric utility providers; 14 (vii) communications infrastructure 15 companies; and 16 (viii) first responders, emergency 17 managers, or 9–1–1 directors in areas af- 18 fected by such event. 19 (3) FINAL REPORT.—Not later than 12 months 20 after the deactivation of the Disaster Information 21 Reporting System with respect to an event for which 22 the System was activated for at least 7 days, the 23 Commission shall issue a final report that includes, 24 with respect to such event— kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
5 1 (A) the information described under para- 2 graph (1)(A); and 3 (B) any recommendations of the Commis- 4 sion on how to improve the resiliency of af- 5 fected communications or networks recovery ef- 6 forts. 7 (4) DEVELOPMENT OF REPORTS.—In devel- 8 oping a report required under this subsection, the 9 Commission shall consider information collected by 10 the Commission, including information collected by 11 the Commission through the System, and any public 12 hearing described in paragraph (2) with respect to 13 the applicable event. 14 (5) PUBLICATION.—The Commission shall pub- 15 lish each report, excluding information that is other- 16 wise exempt from public disclosure under the rules 17 of the Commission, issued under this subsection on 18 the website of the Commission upon the issuance of 19 such report. 20 (b) IMPROVEMENTS TO NETWORK OUTAGE REPORT- 21 ING.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enact- 22 ment of this Act, the Commission shall conduct a pro- 23 ceeding and, after public notice and an opportunity for 24 comment, adopt rules to— kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
6 1 (1) determine the circumstances under which to 2 require service providers subject to the 9–1–1 regu- 3 lations established under part 9 of title 47, Code of 4 Federal Regulations, to submit a timely notification, 5 (in an easily accessible format that facilities situa- 6 tional awareness) to public safety answering points 7 regarding communications service disruptions within 8 the assigned territories of such public safety answer- 9 ing points that prevent— 10 (A) the origination of 9–1–1 calls; 11 (B) the delivery of Automatic Location In- 12 formation; or 13 (C) Automatic Number Identification; 14 (2) require such notifications to be made; and 15 (3) specify the appropriate timing of such noti- 16 fication. 17 (c) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: 18 (1) AUTOMATIC LOCATION INFORMATION; 19 AUTOMATIC NUMBER IDENTIFICATION.—The terms 20 ‘‘Automatic Location Information’’ and ‘‘Automatic 21 Number Identification’’ have the meaning given 22 those terms in section 9.3 of title 47, Code of Fed- 23 eral Regulations, or any successor regulation. 24 (2) BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE.— kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS 25 The term ‘‘broadband internet access service’’ has •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
7 1 the meaning given such term in section 8.1(b) of 2 title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, or any suc- 3 cessor regulation. 4 (3) COMMERCIAL MOBILE SERVICE.—The term 5 ‘‘commercial mobile service’’ has the meaning given 6 such term in section 332(d) of the Communications 7 Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(d)). 8 (4) COMMERCIAL MOBILE DATA SERVICE.—The 9 term ‘‘commercial mobile data service’’ has the 10 meaning given such term in section 6001 of the Mid- 11 dle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 12 (47 U.S.C. 1401). 13 (5) COMMISSION.—The term ‘‘Commission’’ 14 means the Federal Communications Commission. 15 (6) INDIAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENT; LOCAL GOV- 16 ERNMENT.—The terms ‘‘Indian Tribal government’’ 17 and ‘‘Indian Tribal Government’’ have the meaning 18 given those terms in section 102 of the Robert T. 19 Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance 20 Act (42 U.S.C. 5121). 21 (7) INTERCONNECTED VOIP SERVICE.—The 22 term ‘‘interconnected VoIP service’’ has the meaning 23 given such term in section 3 of the Communications 24 Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 153). kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250
8 1 (8) PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT.—The 2 term ‘‘public safety answering point’’ has the mean- 3 ing given such term in section 222 of the Commu- 4 nications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 222). 5 (9) STATE.—The term ‘‘State’’ has the mean- 6 ing given such term in section 3 of the Communica- 7 tions Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 153). Æ kjohnson on DSK79L0C42PROD with BILLS •HR 1250 IH VerDate Sep 11 2014 00:53 Mar 21, 2021 Jkt 019200 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6301 E:\BILLS\H1250.IH H1250