Published on February 4, 2008
NRIC FOCUS GROUP II REPORT on Y2K: NRIC FOCUS GROUP II REPORT on Y2K CPE Readiness and Testing and Contingency Planning Michael Cooke - April 14, 1999 Slide2: NRIC Focus Group II - Update Status/Key Conclusions We have completed data collection; all sub-committee reports have been submitted to NRIC; available on the FCC website by April 21 - most up there already We have not found any major problems or industry-wide issues that cannot be handled with planning. PSAPS are vulnerable. Next step is to inform users of the need to determine their exposure and take action. The Focus Group II TeamGroup Leader-Bill Blatt: The Focus Group II Team Group Leader-Bill Blatt SUB-COMMITTEE 1 SUB-COMMITTEE 2 Vaho Rebassoo* Boeing Bob Alpaugh MBNA Mike Cooke# Nortel Dale Barr NCS Vern Junkmann USTA Roberta Breeden TIA Dan Taylor US West Herb Cash Bell South Susan Thorn Lucent Joel Cohen GTE Andrew Coward Nortel Steve Comeau Panasonic Bobbie Reagor Telcordia Laurie Deffenbaugh US West Art Reilly Telcordia Reid Dolly GTE Carol-lyn Taylor NCS Pete Fonash NCS Ed Dyl Lucent Jim Hammill Telcordia OTHER Paul Hart USTA Reggie Best 3Com Lynn Johnson Boeing LeeAnne Brutt NCS Bob Kenas Nortel John Chittenden GTE Josh Kiem Motorola Harold Daugherty ATIS Maureen Lewis APT Hank Kluepfel SAIC Jim Siplon MCI Burt Seligmann GTE Bill Soler Lucent Jennifer Simpson Pres. Comm. on Linda Thomson Lucent disabilities Benjamin Walston TIA William White US West * Sub-committee 1 Leader # Sub-committee 2 leader Y2K Market AssessmentCoverage for CPE: Y2K Market Assessment Coverage for CPE Sharp, Brother, Panasonic, HP, Canon Lucent, Nortel, Siemens, Mitel, NEC Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, Qualcomm, AT&T 3Com, Hayes, Diamond, Motorola, Zoom T’phncs Others 18% Slide5: Y2K Market Assessment Coverage for CPE We believe the “Top 5” are representative of the industry CPE Reports : CPE Reports READINESS and TESTING REPORT SECTIONS Cell Phones CPE Devices for the Disabled Facsimile Machines Modems PBX/Key Systems Private Data Networks Public Safety Answering Positions (PSAPS) CONTINGENCY PLANNING SECTION Has been organized to provide information to end users, suppliers, and service providers about what to do before, during, and after the millennium ‘event’. Common ‘Themes’ for CPE Reports: Common ‘Themes’ for CPE Reports The key message: ‘It’s up to you’ to investigate potential Y2K vulnerability of the device(s) you use. Manufacturer websites/800 numbers are the best sources of information. Most manufacturers have software ‘fixes’ for vulnerable devices. Vast Majority of Y2K known vulnerabilities are not serious - but only the end-user can determine that. Signs of Possible Trouble: Signs of Possible Trouble If a manufacturer does not have a website, or if their website provides ‘sketchy’ info, that is a concern. Cannot find an 800/888 number to call. If manufacturer indicates that testing has not been done on their products. Y2K CPE Complexity/Criticality : Y2K CPE Complexity/Criticality Low Critical Complex to fix Fax Modems PBXs PSAPS Private Data Networks Routine to fix Mission Critical Cell Phones Potential CPE Problems We FoundPrivate Data Networks: Potential CPE Problems We Found Private Data Networks Most will require fairly extensive upgrades. Software upgrades will be most common and easiest to administer/distribute across a network. Firmware upgrades will sometimes require CPE to be returned to factories for upgrade Individual user assessment and testing is most important for this category of CPE. Potential CPE Problems We FoundPublic Safety Answering Positions: Potential CPE Problems We Found Public Safety Answering Positions Y2K is a potential ‘mass-calling’ event - need to communicate to public to avoid unnecessary volumes and call blocking - citizens should be advised to have local emergency phone numbers available e.g Police, 1st Aid Potential problems include date/time logging, tape recording and automatic dispatch. - Expectation is calls will still go through Estimate only 10% of PSAPS have completed upgrades at this time. - recommend immediate action by all PSAP owners - recommend telcos share data (pro-actively) with PSAP owners - FCC promote availability of funding for cash strapped municipalities (adjust with legislated wireless PSAP in 2000) Subcommittee 2 Report Contingency Planning : Subcommittee 2 Report Contingency Planning Primary Conclusions reached were: 1) Large firms can cope; smaller ones need help - corner stores - professional offices (medical, legal, etc.) home offices, small charities, etc. 2) Rather than a specific contingency plan, we have suggested an approach for all end users. 3) Inventory templates and other tools are widely available. The Contingency Message : The Contingency Message The CPE end-user is responsible to be Y2K-ready. Everyone must share Y2K information. End-users should focus on their own situation, particularly access to the Public Switched Telephone Network. Tools we found include: - National Inst. of Stds. & Technology (“NIST”) website/800-Y2K-7557 - National Regulatory Utility Commission (NARUC) - Y2K websites e.g. www.Y2K.link.com RecommendationsFor the FCC: Recommendations For the FCC Provide the public with info by using all available channels. Declare moratorium (9/99-3/2000) on regulatory mandates that impact network interfaces or CPE. RecommendationsFor Suppliers/Service Providers: Recommendations For Suppliers/Service Providers Communicate current Y2K status of products. Communicate availability of Y2K upgrades. Make Y2K solutions available when needed. Share testing strategy/results with customers. Share contingency plan with customers/supply chain. Encourage distributors to reach end users. Share Y2K impact on non-compliant legacy eqpt. RecommendationsFor End Users: Recommendations For End Users Become Informed Inventory all systems Contact vendors to establish compliance status Plan/budget for needed upgrades Follow supplier recommendations Develop your own contingency plan Validate that your major vendors have a plan Have emergency phone numbers ready Implementation: Implementation Have the sub-committee material put on the NRIC website Add any new material to the report as it becomes available Work with FCC and government agencies to develop awareness. Ensure full implementation of NRIC ‘Communications Plan’.