The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) periodically publishes news of interest, including releases from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and links to articles from various trade publications.
Public Safety Volunteers Needed: NPSTC’s Broadband Working Group Creates Launch SoR Quantitative Requirements Task Team: In December of last year, NPSTC finalized a Public Safety Launch Requirements document that was delivered to FirstNet. Those requirements were qualitative in nature only – meaning they did not include any quantitative aspects. This new initiative will review the Launch Statement of Requirements (SoR), and, where appropriate, add quantitative elements.
The first part of this effort will be a joint effort between public safety and industry. As is consistent with NPSTC’s processes, the final document will be reviewed by a public safety only review team before being forwarded to the NPSTC Governing Board for approval and transmittal to FirstNet. This new Task Group will begin meeting by teleconference in October. If you are interested in participating, please Join to Participate by Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
October 2, 2013
With the shutdown of the federal government, FCC notices will be limited to below until the budgetary issues are resolved. As can be noted in the first news release, the Commission is opening the 800 MHz interleaved channels for the submission of applications. However, the ULS database is now closed preventing one from researching the potentially available frequencies.
IMPROVING THE RESILIENCY OF MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS/RELIABILITY AND CONTINUITY OF COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, INCLUDING BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES. Seeks comment on proposals to improve the transparency and resiliency of mobile wireless networks. (Dkt No. 13-239 11-60 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 09/26/2013 by NPRM. (FCC No. 13-125). PSHSB
In the news:
Experts: AZ Firefighter Probe Shows GPS Need
APCO backs FCC move toward greater wireless transparency
Charlotte: “focus should be on regional, rather than national, partnerships”
4G cars are coming, but we won’t have much choice in how we connect them
From September 27, 2013
FCC PROPOSES ACTION TO SPUR IMPROVEMENTS IN WIRELESS NETWORK RELIABILITY DURING DISASTERS. Proposal Would Require Wireless Providers to Publicly Disclose their Percentage of Operational Cell Sites During Disasters. News Release. (Dkt No 13-239 ). Adopted: 09/26/2013. News Media Contact: Rochelle Cohen at (202) 418-1162, email: Rochelle.Cohen@fcc.gov PSHSB
FCC PROPOSES TO REMOVE BARRIERS TO WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE. As the Nation’s demand for wireless broadband service continues to grow at a rapid pace, the Federal Communications Commission continues its work to remove barriers to the deployment of infrastructure that supports such service. News Release. (Dkt No 13-238 ). Adopted: 09/26/2013. News Media Contact: Cecilia Sulhoff at (202) 418-0587, email: Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov WTB
ACCELERATION OF BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT BY IMPROVING WIRELESS FACILITIES SITING POLICIES. FCC adopts an NPRM initiating a review of wireless infrastructure deployment issues. (Dkt No. 11-59 RM-11688 13-238 13-32 ). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 09/26/2013 by NPRM. (FCC No. 13-122). WTB
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT REGARDING EQUIPMENT AND OPERATIONAL ISSUES IDENTIFIED FOLLOWING THE FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. (DA No. 13-1969). (Dkt No 04-296 ). Comments Due: 10/23/2013. Reply Comments Due: 11/07/2013. PSHSB . Contact: Gregory M. Cooke at (202) 418-2351, email: Gregory.Cooke@fcc.gov
In the news:
Rockefeller aide says letter rebuking Motorola Solutions ‘stands on its own.’
FirstNet brings changes to Unified Incident Command
FCC Mulls Requiring Carriers to Report Disaster Reliability
Twitter introduces an alert system for emergencies, disasters