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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a study on network resiliency during times of emergency, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
01/23/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text of measure as passed: CR H579)
01/17/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (11)

Date Chamber All Actions
01/24/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
01/23/2017-4:45pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
01/23/2017-4:45pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text of measure as passed: CR H579)
01/23/2017-4:31pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 588.
01/23/2017-4:31pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H579-581)
01/23/2017-4:30pmHouseMr. Davis, Rodney moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
01/18/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
01/17/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/17/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/17/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/17/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (0)

No cosponsors.


Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Transportation and Infrastructure01/17/2017 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management01/18/2017 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce01/17/2017 Referred to
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation01/24/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House without amendment (01/23/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act

(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to submit to Congress and publish on the FCC website a study on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and cost of providing the public with access to 9-1-1 services during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable, through:

  • telecommunications service provider-owned WiFi access points and other communications technologies operating on unlicensed spectrum, without requiring any login credentials;
  • non-telecommunications service provider-owned WiFi access points; and
  • other alternative means.

The types of emergencies subject to this bill are: (1) occasions or instances under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for which the President determines that federal assistance is needed to supplement state and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States; or (2) an emergency declared by the governor of a state or U.S. territory.

(Sec. 3) The Stafford Act is amended to expand the categories of essential service providers that may access a disaster site to restore and repair essential services in an emergency or major disaster without being denied or impeded by a federal agency. Services to be considered essential are wireline or mobile telephone service, Internet access service, radio or television broadcasting, cable service, or direct broadcast satellite service.