NPSTC Outreach News July

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July 23, 2013

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) periodically publishes news of interest to the public safety telecommunications community, including releases from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and links to articles from various trade publications.

NPSTC Files Reply Comments in 700 MHz Proceeding on July 18:  The Reply Comments address a number of rules and proposals for the public safety 700 MHz narrowband spectrum located at 769-775/799-805 MHz, and expand on and clarify issues addressed in NPSTC’s Comments submitted June 18.  NPSTC recommended the Commission 1) eliminate or significantly extend the current December 31, 2016 deadline that requires operation at 6.25 kHz or equivalent efficiency; 2) modify the rules to allow low altitude, low power airborne public safety operations on certain channels currently designated for secondary trunked use; and 3) open the reserve channels for a combination of nationwide deployable use and permanent operations under certain conditions in areas where additional spectrum is required as determined by licensees and RPCs.  NPSTC also addressed a number of additional issues the Commission had raised in the Seventh Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the Compliance Assessment Program.   These NPSTC Reply Comments reaffirm and expand upon some of the issues addressed in NPSTC’s original Comments. 

VQiPS Workshop Scheduled for October 2-3, Houston, TX:  Save the Date for the 2013 Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Workshop to be held on October 2-3 at the Doubletree in Houston Greenway Plaza.  The deadline to register is 5PM ET Friday, September 6; however, registration will be limited so register early!   Invitational Travel is available for practitioners.  If you might be eligible for invitational travel, please e-mail no later than 5PM ET Friday, August 23.   For all other attendees, please contact the hotel toll free at 1-800-222-8733 to make your own reservations and ask to be put underneath the “Department of Homeland Security” room block at a room rate of $109.  Please do this no later than 5PM EST Friday, September 6.   VQiPS Leadership Team and select VTAG members, please plan on arriving to Houston on Monday, September 30 and leaving Friday, October 4.  For all other attendees, please plan on getting to Houston on Tuesday, October 1, and leaving Friday, October 4.  More details including speaking opportunities and the meeting agenda will follow so please be on the lookout.  If you have questions, please e-mail

Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement – Spectrum for Public Safety Mobile Broadband Report:   Just released, the report, not binding on the government, recommends, in part, that:  Recommendation 1:   5.39 The committee recommends that the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy issue a Ministerial Direction to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to allocate 20 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 700 MHz band for the purposes of a public safety mobile broadband network.

The following links provided courtesy, Charley Bryson, NPSTC Outreach.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting.  News Release. News Media Contact: Justin Cole at (202) 418-8191,  OCMC

The DHS Office of Emergency Communications’ Official eNewsletter – the Emergency Communications Forum (ECF) Volume 11 includes nn update on activities to support stakeholders in planning for broadband and the development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network; a new Technical Assistance offering to support dispatchers; information about the FY2013 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants; and upcoming public safety conferences.   For more information, please visit the DHS Office of Emergency Communications website at – keyword ‘OEC’ or email

San Luis Obispo County in California inaugurates new IP-based interoperable communications system.

CTIA Asks FCC to Defer on Network Reliability Reporting

Support provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, and the National Program and Protection Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications.   Points of view expressed or opinion expressed are those of the originators and do not necessarily represent official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.