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

Have a great week-end

If FirstNet does its job, ‘opt out’ is not a practical choice for statesUrgent Communications via Google Alerts
Jan 16 12:56 … the imaginations of many in the public-safety communications industry. …

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[Editor’s Note (Andrew Seybold): AT&T’s Push-to-Talk commercial solution is based on OMA standards]

FCC puzzles mobile broadband crunch and spectrum auctions …Steve Blum via Google Alerts
Jan 11 10:55 Washington works by twists and turns. “I keep describing it as a Rubik’s cube”, said FCC chair Tom Wheeler as he answered questions at CES about

The Future of FirstNet: LTE Networks Show Promise for Public …Google Alerts
Jan 10 10:56 LTE Networks Show Promise for Public-Safety Broadband …

Second NTIA multistakeholder process to take on facial recognitionLexology via Google Alerts
Jan 17 07:56 … the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) …

U.S. Court Strikes Down Internet’s Broadband RulesBoise Weekly via Google Alerts
Jan 16 15:56 The ruling is a victory for Verizon and other broadband providers, who saw the FCC rules as government overreach into how they operate their

Global Satellite Broadband Communication in Public Safety Market …Broadway World via Google Alerts
Jan 16 15:56 Other vendors mentioned in the report are Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. Hughes Network Systems LLC, Lightaquared Inc., Thrane & Thrane Inc., and

NetCompetition Statement on Verizon v. FCC Court Decision | The …Google Alerts
Jan 16 02:55 Court Upholds FCC’s “General Authority to Regulate” Broadband in Verizon v. FCC, But Denies FCC Authority to Impose Common-Carrier-like

TeliaSonera says it’s “very important” mobile broadband gets 700 …Google Alerts
Jan 15 21:55 TeliaSonera says it’s “very important” mobile broadband gets 700 MHz allocation …

FCC Approves Carlson Wireless White Space BroadbandCivSource via Google Alerts
Jan 15 20:56 CivSource has been following the evolution of major trials in TV White Space Broadband (TVWS) since they first started gaining traction with

Congress Ready For Net Neutrality StandoffU.S. News & World Report via Google Alerts
Jan 15 18:55 Democrats in Congress may be preparing legislation to clarify the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband

Tecore Networks 3G/4G RAVENâ„¢ Delivers Tactical Platform for Critical EventsBusiness Wire
Jan 15 17:10 HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tecore Networks, a supplier of innovative 3G and 4G LTE mobile network infrastructure, announced today the immediate availability of its expanded portfolio of RAVENâ„¢ Wireless Platforms. Designed to enhance rapid response capabilities for a wide array of government agencies, RAVEN platforms are cutting edge mobile wireless systems, deployable in any environment where establishing rapid communications dominance is imperative. As FEMA, DHS, FIRSTNET, and other first

British APCO 2014 – registration now openBapco Journal via Google Alerts
Jan 15 11:56 B-APCO is aiming to take a significant role in ensuring public safety apps in the UK are safe and fit for purpose, and with this aim in mind is staring an

Court ruling to have sweeping effect on Internet accessSeattle Post Intelligencer via Google Alerts
Jan 14 18:56 Verizon won its challenge to the Federal Communication Commission’s “net neutrality” rules. The FCC had barred broadband providers from providing

Verizon, AT&T Win In Latest Net Neutrality RulingInvestor’s Business Daily
Jan 14 16:00 The FCC can’t impose Net neutrality rules, a somewhat divided appeals court ruled Tuesday, casting the future of Internet services up in the air. In a big win for Verizon Communications (VZ), AT&T (T) and other broadband providers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a ruling that was 2-1 in part, found that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to impose so-called Net neutrality rules, since

Wind Mobile withdraws from 700 MHz spectrum auctionFinancial Post via Google Alerts
Jan 14 08:56 In order to upgrade to a more advanced LTE (long-term evolution or fourth-generation) network, it must either reallocate part of its existing spectrum

FCC chief pushes open Internet, robust broadband networksInfoWorld via Google Alerts
Jan 11 01:56 Keeping the Internet open is a high priority for the FCC — so high that the agency will closely monitor the sponsored content program that AT&T

IHS Security & Fire division report – FirstNet expected to increase … via Google Alerts
Jan 10 07:56 FirstNet, a high-speed broadband data network dedicated to public safety using …

Your ISP probably can’t wait to try out AT&T’s Sponsored Data schemeBoy Genius Report
Jan 10 12:45 It’s easy to see why ISPs and carriers would love AT&T’s Sponsored Data scheme ” after all, it gives them the ability to both slap subscribers with overage fees and extract rents from tech companies who are willing to pay fees so that their own users don’t get slapped with overage fees. Ars Technica reports that if AT&T’s Sponsored Data gambit is successful, it could lead to many home broadband providers trying to pull off similar plans by asking Netflix, Hulu and other high-bandwidth content providers to pay up to ensure that their subscribers don’t go over their data caps. “But…

Net Neutrality Ruling a Potential Nightmare for NFLX, via Google Alerts
Jan 15 20:56 Verizon (VZ) had been fighting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. Court of Appeals over a rule requiring broadband Internet