Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice seeking nominations for membership on a new Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). The goal of the new working group is to assist the BDAC in providing advice and recommendations to the FCC on steps that can be taken to improve disaster preparation, response, and recovery of broadband infrastructure.
The FCC is looking for applicants from an array of categories, including local governments, particularly first responders, emergency managers and planners, and risk management staff. As you may recall, the BDAC’s previous working groups, as well as the BDAC in general, consisted of very few representatives from local governments, even though any recommendation coming from the BDAC will have a direct impact on municipalities. This is an opportunity for local voices to be included in discussions at the federal level.
If you or someone you know has the knowledge and willingness to serve in this important role, please contact us at the League so that we may coordinate with our national affiliates at the National League of Cities regarding letters of support for a nomination. Nominations must be submitted no later than Thursday, September 7, 2018.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njslom.org, 609-695-3481 x137.