911 Reliability Certifications Due on Oct. 17, CISA Seeks Comments on Cyber Incident Reporting Rules by Nov. 14

911 Reliability Certifications Due on Oct. 17

JSI reminds clients of the approaching annual deadline for all “covered 911 service providers” to file their reliability certifications in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 911 Reliability Certification System. This annual certification typically is due on October 15; however, this year, the deadline is Monday, October 17, given that October 15 falls on a Saturday.

A covered 911 service provider includes all carriers that meet either one of the following criteria:

  • Provides 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities, such as call routing, automatic location information, automatic number identification, or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority; or
  • Operates one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP. This includes situations where the provider is the last service-provider facility through which a 911 trunk or administrative line passes before connecting to a PSAP.

Additional information about how to file the report is in the Public Notice announcing the opening of the online portal for this year’s filing. Please be aware that the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has imposed fines on companies that have missed the filing deadline. Accordingly, we strongly encourage all clients to review the above criteria and timely file the certification if you determine that your company is a covered 911 service provider.

For assistance with filing your 2022 certification or compliance with the 911 reliability rules, please contact Staff Consultant Kim Waldvogel (Kim.Waldvogel@jsitel.com) in JSI’s Maryland office by simply clicking the button below or by calling 301-459-7590. 

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CISA Seeks Comments on Cyber Incident Reporting Rules for Critical Infrastructure Companies by Nov. 14

In other news that could directly impact all telecommunications providers, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is asking for input on developing new regulations that will mandate critical infrastructure companies, including telecommunications providers, to report “covered” cyber incidents and ransom payments. The deadline to submit comments in this proceeding is November 14, 2022.

The Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA), signed by President Biden in March of last year, requires CISA to draft reporting rules for “covered entities” in response to a recent influx of cyber incidents and ransomware attacks. Such attacks are expected to cause $10 trillion in worldwide losses by 2025. As part of the rulemaking process, CISA seeks comment on various elements of the proposed regulations, such as the definitions to be employed, how to submit required reports, how to enforce the rules, and the information-protection policies to be put into place.

As critical infrastructure companies, telecommunications providers may want to weigh in on this matter to help ensure that any regulations adopted by CISA reflect a cost-effective and balanced approach to cyber incident and ransom payment reporting requirements. This is your opportunity to influence rules that will likely apply to all telecommunications providers, whether you offer broadband, phone, or video services.

Providers can file comments through the Federal Register or by contacting JSI’s cybersecurity experts, who can help to draft and submit comments on your behalf.

If you have any questions about this e-Lert, please contact JSI Policy Analyst Sean Davis (Sean.Davis@jsitel.com) in JSI’s Maryland office by simply clicking the button below or by calling 301-459-7590.