NPSTC Regulatory News January 2014

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   Articles by Bette Rinehart, NPSTC Editorial Chair

Regulatory News

EWA Request to  Extend Conditional Licensing Waiver Granted

Comment Dates Set for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Vehicular Repeater Systems

Comment Dates  Established for NPRM Seeking Comment on Improving Wireless Tower Siting

Signal Booster  Manufacturers Reminded of March 1, 2014 Equipment Compliance Deadline  Urged to File Equipment Certifications Promptly

Comment Sought on ClearRF Request to Waive the March 1, 2014, Signal Booster Equipment Compliance Deadline

Comment Sought on Somerset County, Maine Waiver Request to Use a Narrowband Telemetry Frequency for Vehicular Repeater Service

 800 MHz News

Rebanding Timeline Extensions Granted:  Kali  Bottling, Kelly Communications, and McAllen Independent School District  Police Department

FCC Grants Several Cost Estimate Deadline Extension Requests

Financial True-Up  Deadline Postponed

700 MHz News

First Narrowband State License Implementation Deadlines Approaching 

Regulatory News

EWA Request to Extend Conditional Licensing Waiver Granted:  Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) had sought and obtained a waiver of 90.159(b), to apply the provisions of conditional licensing to applicants seeking authorization above 470 MHz but which otherwise met the requirements.  Rule Section 90.159(b) limits conditional licensing to applications for operations below 470 MHz, once they have received frequency coordination and have been pending at the Commission for 10 business days.  EWA’s initial waiver request was for those applications filed on or before December 31, 2013. 

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Andy Seybold’s Pubic Safety Advocate, January 17, 2014

While there is some Public Safety communications news this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Net Neutrality is making most of the headlines. Some see this as a set-back for the FCC, and for the Internet while others see it in a different light. But I believe that in the end this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court so the issue will drag on for another few years.

In another piece of news not listed below, T-Mobile is its quest to gain an advantage in the 600 MHz (Incentive) auction, is now claiming that FirstNet and the Public Safety Broadband Network will be fully funded from the results of auctions being held in 2014 for the AWS-3 and other spectrum. They have taken this posture to continue their push to get the FCC to give smaller network operators a bidding advantage for the 100 MHz or more of 600 MHz spectrum which will, at this point, be auctioned in 2015. See http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/t-mobile-predicts-auctions-600-mhz-auction-raise-164b-funding-firstnet/2014-01-17?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal.

Have a great week-end
Andy
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Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, January 11, 2014

I am pleased to announce that in conjunction and partnership with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) we will be providing our Wireless University on the first day of the CCA Conference. This session is titled: Opportunities for LTE in Rural America, and will be held on Wednesday March 26th. For more information: http://ccaexpo.org/conference-program/aswu/,

FirstNet continues to make progress, and Tom Wheeler the new FCC Chairman is moving rapidly to round out his staff and to make sure that the industry understands the role of the FCC in regards to broadband and the Internet.

An item not in the news, below, is the great work being done by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the APCO Broadband Committee. These organizations are working hard on a paper that will, when it is done, provide guidelines for what is required to make a wireless network, and its back-end, Public Safety Grade in nature. These guidelines will be presented to the Public Safety Advisory Council (PSAC) of FirstNet and the, hopefully endorsed by the PSAC and submitted to FirstNet. The paper should also be a must read for local Public Safety entities as they expand and/or replace their Land Mobile Radio Systems.

The holidays are over, work is resuming and I expect the next few months to be busy ones for the Public Safety community and FirstNet.

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NPSTC Outreach News January 21, 2014

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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.

NPSTC will be participating in the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Public Safety Communications Stakeholders Forum in Orlando, FL, on January 29-30, 2014.

This workshop is open to the public and all public safety agencies are encouraged to attend.  Presentations will be made by the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau on current issues involving the 700-800  MHz spectrum.  Updates will be provided on the latest efforts to create public safety requirements for FirstNet, and about new proposed nationwide channel naming standards for interoperability, and other current trends affecting first responders. There will be a Q&A session after each presentation to allow local officials to ask questions. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.

Register nowAttendance is free and you can also dial in to join the discussion!

Call In: (877) 778-0075 | Conference ID #: 1927086

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NPSTC Outreach News January 17, 2014

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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.

NPSTC To Present at the IMSA Public Safety Communications Stakeholders  Forum, January 29 & 30, in Orlando, FL:   The National Public Safety Telecommunication Council (NPSTC) Governing Board will attend the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Public Safety Communications Stakeholders Forum in Orlando, FL, on January 29-30, 2014. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.  Register now!

And SAVE the Dates:  NPSTC will host a current events panel on Wednesday, March 25, and booth Wednesday and Thursday at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) and Public Safety Stakeholders Forum on Friday, March 28.  And this summer join NPSTC at the Broadband Public Safety Stakeholders Forum, Tuesday, June 24 & Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Capacity Building Webinar Series:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) First Responders Group is pleased to present the Capacity Building Webinar Series. Initiated in November 2012, the series offers training in new information-sharing technologies and tools. The webinars strive to help public safety participants manage information and develop tools, processes, and technology applications that can be used during an emergency. The series also aims to foster innovation and collaboration amongst first responders participating in the training.

Presentations are delivered by national leaders and field experts who share domain-specific strategies and guidance on how to implement practices designed to build local capacity to manage and use information. Webinars are free of charge and registration is not required. Participants can complete a quiz at the end of each event and earn a certificate.

Creating and Using Mobile Apps for Emergencies  will be presented on January 22, 1:00 pm EST/11:00 am PST.  To log in, https://share.dhs.gov/capacitybuildingseries .  Registration is not required.  Log in as guest.

Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, January 3, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

I trust that 2014 will be a great year for Public Safety and Communications. The first auctions for more spectrum will start this month, FirstNet will continue to make progress and I am hopeful that we will all gain a better understanding of the network architecture, partners, and implementation schedules. I know that those working for FirstNet are truly committed to making 2014 a banner year for moving forward and one which will set the stage for all future work.

Again a lite news week but I expect the first full week of 2014 to bring us a lot more news so stay tuned!
Andy

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Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Intelligence, December 27, 2013

As you might expect, this is a very light news week for Public Safety. Those who are on duty are working, those who are on vacation are, hopefully, enjoying the Holidays, and those in the Government who make some of the news are home with their families for the most part.
2014 should be a great year for FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). I am looking forward to FirstNet making an enormous amount of progress. The staffing level is just about complete and I expect that a lot of progress will be made this coming year.  Happy New Year to all of our subscribers, may it be profitable and safe for all!

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