The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau solicited comment today on an interoperability compliance matrix recently submitted to the agency by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). An order adopted last week setting procedures for Commission review of alternative state FirstNet plans instructed the bureau to seek comments on the matrix (TR Daily, June 22 and 23).
“Upon close of the record, the Commission will issue a subsequent order specifically identifying those elements of FirstNet’s network policies that we will consider in evaluating state compliance with the second prong of the statutory test,” the order said. “We seek comment on FirstNet’s proposal, as reflected in its June 5 and June 16 ex parte filings and any related filings, and specifically on whether and to what extent the Commission should utilize the criteria proposed by FirstNet when evaluating the interoperability of a state’s proposed RAN with the NPSBN under the second prong of the Commission’s statutory interoperability analysis,” today’s Public Safety Bureau public notice said. Comments are due 10 days after “Federal Register” publication in PS docket 16-269.