A bill introduced in the Senate would require the Federal Communications CommissionÂ to explore new methods toÂ expandÂ telecommunications services access in the event ofÂ a natural disaster.
TheÂ Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2016 would also mandate thatÂ the GovernmentÂ Accountability OfficeÂ examine potential strategies for the government to increase security of emergency communications services,Â the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.
“The bill also would redefine the term “essential service provider” to explicitlyÂ include certain telecommunication mediums, such as internet and cable services, in a list ofÂ entities that provide essential services,” CBO noted.
CBO estimates the bill’s requirementÂ would increase FCC’sÂ administrative costs by less than $500,000.
The enactment of the legislation would notÂ affect direct federal spending or revenues nor the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments, according to CBO.
The agency said a similar bill that was passed by House members in May would generate the same budgetary effects as the Senate version.