DHS Releases Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the first updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) since the original publication in 2008.  The 2014 NECP provides information and guidance to those that plan, coordinate, invest in, manage and use emergency communications systems.  The Office of Emergency Communications worked closely with more than 350 people from Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions, and the private sector to update the NECP to address emergency communications challenges in the 21st century.  To address the rapidly evolving emergency communications landscape, the NECP emphasizes the need to enhance and update the policies, governance structures, plans, and protocols that enable responders to communicate and share information under all circumstances.  As a stakeholder-driven plan, the NECP aims to maximize the use of all communications capabilities available to emergency responders – voice, video, and data – and to ensure the security of data and information exchange.

For additional information on the 2014 NECP, please refer to: http://www.dhs.gov/necp.

Obama Calls for Title II Reclassification: Same Rules for Wireless; Wheeler Says Open Internet Proceeding Needs “More Time”

President Obama today called on the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, while forbearing from rate regulation.  He also said the same rules should apply to wireless and wireline services and called for “an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.”

In a response to the president’s statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that use of the agency’s Title II authority, whether by itself or in a “hybrid” approach with Telecommunications Act section 706 (advanced telecommunications capability) authority, raises “substantive legal issues” that will take more time to resolve—a statement that suggests that an order in the proceeding won’t be voted this year.

In a statement released by the White House this morning, the president acknowledged that the FCC “is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone.” However, he added, “I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.” Continue reading

Charley Bryson’s First Responder News Summary October 31, 2014

County of Los Angeles.   Granted the County’s waiver request, in part, and extended the construction completion date for the fifty seven T-Band licenses until December 31, 2016. Action by:  Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau by LETTER. (DA No. 14-1553).  PSHSB https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1553A1.doc

FCC Announces Technological Advisory Council Meeting on December 4, 2014. (DA No.  14-1575). OET. Contact:  Walter Johnston at (202) 418-0807, email: Walter.Johnston@fcc.gov or  Email or visit the FCC website at: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/tac/ https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1575A1.docx

Ensuring reliable first-responder comms inside buildings critical to public safety                        http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety

FCC Releases Report on 9-1-1 Outage with NG 9-1-1 Transition Recommendations            http://www.radioresourcemag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=11314

Courtesy Charley Bryson


Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate October 30, 2014

Just returned from the IACP (International Chiefs of Police) Conference in Orlando, which was very well attended this year and seemed to have more vendors in the exhibit hall than in past years. All in all, it was a very good show with great sessions. My general observations from the show floor include: This was the year for software companies—analytical software, crime scene, evidence collection, tracking, and more. However, there were fewer drones (excuse me, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)), perhaps because as the FAA stated in its session on the subject, we are a stage where drones are considered to be the wild, wild west of UAVs. A citizen can use one to buzz a star’s house and if arrested, the drone must be handed over to the feds, but there is no federal law that has been broken. If a law enforcement agency flies a drone it is against the law unless the person at the controls is a licensed, certified pilot. Go figure. I want to see drones used not only for surveillance but also as a platform for small radio repeaters when radio coverage is needed in an area where there is no coverage. Continue reading