Public Safety Advocate Weekly Summary September 27, 2013

Courtesy Andy Seybold
Busy news week on a lot of fronts. Included is also my latest Public Safety Advocate article for those of you who may not have seen it.
FirstNet is moving rapidly ahead with their hiring process. There are lots of jobs now posted on If you want to be part of the FirstNet project, check out the jobs. They are looking for people in the 10 FEMA regions as well FirstNet corporate jobs.

NTIA almost completes grant awards for FirstNet planningUrgent Communications via Google Alerts
Sep 26 17:57 … of the FirstNet nationwide broadband network for first responders have been …

Broadband White Paper Outlines Resource Exchange Concept for …Google Alerts
Sep 25 15:57 The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Broadband Committee released a white paper titled “Exploring Business Tools

Public Safety Bureau, Site-Based Actions, 09/25/2013 | FCC.govGoogle Alerts
Sep 26 23:56 Federal Communications Commission · The FCC · What We Do · Blog …

Internal report clears FirstNet board on transparencyFierce Mobile Government via Google Alerts
Sep 25 17:57 20 says that the First Responders Network Authority board has used open and …

Sen. Rockefeller Scolds Motorola Solutions on FirstNet AllegationsGoogle Alerts
Sep 25 15:57 “Your company’s actions to oppose this important effort to strengthen our nation’s public-safety communications systems directly contradicts the intent of

Lawmakers Query NTIA on Radio Failures Of First Responders …Bloomberg BNA via Google Alerts
Sep 25 09:57 112-96) created FirstNet, set aside 10 MHz of spectrum and appropriated $7 billion to build a nationwide interoperable broadband network for public safety

AT&T to use 700 MHz spectrum for LTE broadcast networkTelecompaper via Google Alerts
Sep 25 04:57 AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that it would use the 700 MHz Lower D and E Block licenses acquired from Qualcomm to launch an LTE broadcast network

Survey: Broadband Penetration Passes Three Quarter MarkMultichannel News via Google Alerts
Sep 27 03:56 “While overall online penetration at home has flattened, broadband has grown by attracting previous narrowband customers, late-adopters of online at home,

APCO leaders say lots to celebrate, lots still to doUrgent Communications via Google Alerts
Sep 26 19:56 The current and immediate past presidents of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) discuss accomplishments of the past year and

Why Broadband Consumers Are The Likely Winners In Verizon v. FCCForbes via Google Alerts
Sep 25 20:01 Apple says users of its iTunes online media service are purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and 350,000 movies per day. Netflix’s 36 million customers are

FirstNet Brings Changes to Unified Incident CommandAndrew Seybold, Inc
Sep 25 18:01 FirstNet will be the best thing that has happened to Public Safety in years, but it will require some changes in how law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other agencies work together and coordinate at incidents. Don’t wait for FirstNet to come to your area, get a jump on it now and be ready when it is.

TC3 Part 2: Likely Strategic Goals for Next FCC Chairman …The Viodi View via Google Alerts
Sep 25 12:58 A second goal of the new FCC Chairman will be to make broadband Internet …

NTIA petition calls for carriers to unlock cell phonesFierce Mobile Government via Google Alerts
Sep 25 12:56 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to unlock mobile

Is your spectrum protected?Urgent Communications via Google Alerts
Sep 25 03:57 Moreover, failure to migrate frequencies over to narrowband operations resulted in many of their licenses being in violation of the FCC’s rules which, as per the

Not for the faint of heartUrgent Communications via Google Alerts
Sep 25 00:56 … receive a 150-470 MHz license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—whether Industrial/Business (I/B) or Public Safety (PS)—the few friends

AT&T: LTE Broadcast on 700 MHz – Tech Investor NewsGoogle Alerts
Sep 24 19:57 AT&T plans to use 700 MHz Lower D and E Block licenses for LTE Broadcast, reports Fierce Wireless. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson disclosed the plans

The net neutrality debate and underlying dynamics: Research …Journalist’s Resource via Google Alerts
Sep 24 18:57 Under current Federal Communications Commission policy, broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast must treat all content equally, including news

FCC Seeks Input on EAS Operational IssuesRadio World via Google Alerts
Sep 24 16:57 Some two years after the national EAS test, the FCC’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau is asking for public input on equipment and operational issues

FirstNet board actions deemed legal by review committeeFierceBroadbandWireless via Google Alerts
Sep 24 14:55 The Special Review Committee investigating the First Responder Network Authority issued its initial report, finding that FirstNet board members broke no laws

Motorola criticised for ‘undermining’ FirstNetGoogle Alerts
Sep 23 15:56 US Senate leader Jay Rockefeller has accused Motorola of undermining the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a US radio network being developed

Broadband and Public Safety | Utah Broadband ProjectGoogle Alerts
Sep 21 17:56 The broadband network is a collaborative effort between federal, state and local agencies …

Blog Viewer – Association of Public Safety Communications OfficialsGoogle Alerts
Sep 20 02:56 Contact Author. NM DPS – making the switch to APCO! The current public safety telecommunicator basic academy being conducted @ the Southeastern New

Rockefeller Hammers Motorola Over FirstNetBroadcasting & Cable
Sep 20 16:04 Accuses device maker Motorola of trying to undermine public safety effort; Motorola says it…

Inquiry clears FirstNet on secrecy, stays mum on conflict of interestPolitico via Google Alerts
Sep 24 09:58 The sheriff specifically charged that FirstNet’s plans to build out an interoperable, post-Sept. 11 public safety wireless network had been “developed largely by

White House Petitions FCC To Allow Phone UnlockingNewsFactor
Sep 20 21:00 Unlocking a cell phone, currently illegal, may become legal again. The Obama Administration has sent a petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting such an action, and there is support in Congress and at the FCC. The petition, which came from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Commerce Department, asks the FCC to “require a provider of certain commercial mobile services, upon request, to unlock any wireless device” in order that…

Comcast Kicks Off Year Three Of Internet Essentials Broadband Adoption Program In Washington, D.C. Area And Partners With DC Promise Neighborhood InitiativePR Newswire
Sep 24 10:40 WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen was joined today by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel; Alma J. Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance and honorary chair of DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI); Ayris T. Scales,…

AT&T to use Lower 700 MHz D and E Block spectrum for LTE …FierceWireless via Google Alerts
Sep 24 09:58 AT&T (NYSE:T) plans to use the 700 MHz Lower D and E Block licenses it acquired in 2011 from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) for an LTE Broadcast service,

Brazilian cities served by mobile broadband up 330%Telecompaper via Google Alerts
Sep 22 19:56 Brazil’s National Broadband Plan (PNBL) has increased the number of Brazilian cities served by mobile broadband by 330 percent, and has also increased by

Army chooses Harris to provide voice, data, and video networking to …Military & Aerospace Electronics via Google Alerts
Sep 26 03:55 The radio is certified to the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) standards, is NSA Type-1 certified, JITC certified for narrowband interoperability assessment

FirstNet special report: Fitzgerald’s openness, transparency claims …Urgent Communications via Google Alerts
Sep 23 20:56 … the public-safety community and FirstNet’s public-safety advisory committee …