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FCC Helps Assess Nepal Communications Needs

Working with USAID and International ICT

This article originally appeared in Multichannel News.

The FCC is lending a hand in the earthquake communications recovery effort, according to an FCC source speaking on background.

An FCC spokesperson had no comment, but the source said that the FCC is part of an interagency task force created April 25 and led by led by the U.S. Agency for International Development after the earthquake hit, causing thousands of deaths and injuries, including avalanches on Mt. Everest.

In addition, in conjunction with the State Department, the FCC is seeking info on the condition of communications networks in the country and has offered spectrum management and other assistance.

The FCC has provided contact information and situational awareness info to international information and communications technology (ICT) response officials leaving for the region to help them identify ICT needs and what equipment and services may be needed.

At press time, the death toll had topped 4,000, according to Fox News.