NPSTC Outreach News June 23, 2013

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June 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.

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

FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting, Thursday, June 27, 2013

Prepared Remarks of FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn, UTC Critical Infrastructure Communications Policy Summit, Washington, DC.

FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – In the matter of FCC 13-40, responses to the 700 MHz Notice of Proposed Rule Making are attached.  All responses can be read at the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System under Docket proceeding 13-87.  Attached please find the responses of APCO, NPSTC, and State of Maryland.  In summary, almost all filers asked the FCC to delay the date for narrowbanding certain 700 MHz channels or to eliminate the requirement all together.

To read all comments, click on and in “Proceeding Number,” enter 13-87.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has filed a Petition for Waiver with the FCC to utilize some of the 700 MHz “reserve” channels.  In the filing, WMATA joins LA-RICS in seeking to use this undesignated spectrum.  This is a particularly important Petition as it introduces the unique issues associated with multi-state licensing.

 In the news:

FCC contemplates two ways to stamp out inmate use of contraband cell phones in prison \

Senate Bill Would Make Metal Theft a Federal Offense

LA-RICS approves spectrum-lease agreement