FCC: DIRS activated for providers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has activated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) in response to Hurricane Matthew.

DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications providers, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, cable and Voice over Internet Protocol providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.


The FCC is now requesting daily reports. The FCC has also expanded the area it requests reports, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Of course, DIRS is "voluntary." There doesn't seem to be any benefit for communication providers. DIRS doesn't appear to improve or speed up any disaster recovery efforts.


* sean@donelan.com (Sean Donelan) [Mon 10 Oct 2016, 19:25 CEST]:

Based on voluntary reporting to the DIRS, status as of October 9, 2016.

9% of the cellular sites are out of service in the disaster area (ranges from 0% in some counties to 85% in Marion, SC)

8% of the video subscribers are out of service in the disaster area.

16% of the VoIP and telephone subscribers are out of service in the disaster area.

14% of the broadband access subscribers are out of service.

Most outages are due to loss of commercial power.