Is administration to blame for comm failures during Katrina?

Summary:Paul Kaputska over at advancedIP Pipeline is blogging that the Bush Administration is to blame for the communications breakdown the Gulf region is suffering from right now.

Paul Kaputska over at advancedIP Pipeline is blogging that the Bush Administration is to blame for the communications breakdown the Gulf region is suffering from right now.

As Hurricane Katrina rudely pointed out this week, there's still no coherent, nation-wide first-responders communications network, a technology failure that must fall, in part, at the current leader's feet.

Instead of encouraging innovation in networking, the Bush administration's new leader of the FCC seems determined to affix old-school thinking to new technologies. From all we've read about the Katrina aftermath so far, none of the "standard" communications technologies -- landline phones, or police and fire radio systems -- were able to fully handle the crush of communications. Newer services, however, like text messaging, stayed up and running, in part due to their more efficient use of limited bandwidth.

What do you think? Are FCC policies to blame for the first responder difficulties this week? 

Topics: Telcos

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