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:,

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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FCC Chairman Asserts Authority Over the Internet, WirelessWSJ: Technology
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