H.R. 588- Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act

Frank Pallone Jr. (Democrat-NJ) introduced the bill on January 17, 2017. The bill was referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce Committees.

Current Status

The bill passed the House of Representatives by a verbal vote of at least 2/3 majority and was sent to the Senate on January 23, 2017.


There are no amendments.

Bill Summary

The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to evaluate network resiliency during emergencies. No later than 36 months after the enactment of the Act, the FCC will be required to submit a study on the benefit and cost of the following:

  • Making private, provider-owned WiFi access points and other unlicensed communications technologies¬†available to the public for access to 9-1-1 services, without requiring logon credential, during emergencies, when cellular service is not available.
  • The provision by non-provider owned WiFi access points of access to 9-1-1 services during these emergencies, and
  • Other alternatives for providing 9-1-1 access to services during these emergencies.



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