Pai Solicits Tribal Task Force Participation

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today solicited nominations to serve on the agency’s Native Nations Communications Task Force. During remarks at a meeting at the FCC of the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Council, Mr. Pai noted that the FCC has announced “the renewal of what we call the Native Nations Communications Task Force [TR Daily, Feb. 8] and [is] seeking member nominations.

Originally created in 2011, this latest renewal recognizes the importance of Tribal input on Commission matters that impact Americans living on Tribal lands. I’m grateful to the Tribal officials who have served on the Task Force in the past and encourage you to submit nominations from your Tribes to serve on the latest iteration.”

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Rosenworcel: Include NG-911 Funding in Infrastructure Package

Funding for next-generation 911 (NG-911) services should be included in any infrastructure package, according to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. In remarks last night at an event organized by the NG911 Institute, Ms. Rosenworcel said, “Because updating 9-1-1 is a big job. It’s a shame that funds for next generation 9-1-1 are absent in the most recent national infrastructure proposal. Because the way I see it, there is no more essential infrastructure for our day-to-day safety.”

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Poth Stresses Importance of FirstNet Affordability

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth today stressed the importance of the network’s service being affordable for public safety agencies. “There is no mandate that public safety use this network,” Mr. Poth noted during remarks at a Media Institute luncheon. “AT&T has to build this new, proverbial better mouse trap, and it has to be cost-effective, and it has to solve the problems that public safety has identified.”

He also said it is key to offer the right technology to younger first responders. “They all grew up with cellphones and technology so they have a high expectation,” he said. “So if it doesn’t work, they’re going to be very skeptical, and they’re just going to park it off to the side. So we only got really one shot to make sure that they see the value prop is compelling.” Continue reading

iCERT Announces 2018 Policy Platform

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) released its 2018 policy platform today. “As we approach the 50th anniversary of the first 911 call in America, and as broadband communications and data services for public safety agencies worldwide begin to take shape,” said iCERT Executive Director George Rice, “our positions on these critical issues will help the commercial sector support its public sector partners as we continue to address our mutual goal of enhanced safety and security for all citizens, residents and visitors.”

The group’s priorities are cybersecurity, enterprise communications system (ECS) access to 911, ESInet integration, next-generation 911 acceleration and adoption, NG-911/public safety broadband convergence and data interoperability, smart and safe communities, and a targeted states campaign on resourcing of 911.

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LMCC Seeks FCC Meeting on Non-Rule-Compliant Devices

The Land Mobile Communications Council has asked  for a meeting with the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau “for the purpose of identifying public relations, educational, enforcement and other potential activities that will serve to address the wide-spread use of non-rule compliant wireless devices, whose access, illegal use and distribution has reached epidemic proportions.”

In a letter yesterday to Rosemary Harold, chief of the Enforcement Bureau, LMCC said it suspects “that the Enforcement Bureau is fully aware of this problem which has affected both Public Safety and Business/Industrial wireless sectors. Devices produced in Asia by multiple manufacturers are often sold through the internet, including Amazon, as well as from retail outlets. The accompanying materials note, at most, that the devices have received FCC type-acceptance for use under Part 15 of the rules for amateur operations. In fact, the devices are marketed for use by any entity, for any purpose, complete with programming instructions for operation on any channel from 136-174 MHz and 400-520 MHz without regard or critical information relating to Federal and non-Federal spectrum allocations, user eligibility or licensing requirements. Continue reading

Fowlkes: 911 Fee Diversions Remain ‘Drag on Progress’

The diversion by states of 911 fees and surcharges for other purposes remains “a drag on progress,” Lisa Fowlkes, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, said in remarks today at the National Emergency Number Association’s 911 Goes to Washington event.  In a report released last week, the FCC said that six states diverted 911 funds for other purposes in 2016 (TR Daily, Feb. 7). The total amount diverted by reporting jurisdictions was $128.9 million, or about 5% of the total collected in 911/enhanced 911 (E911) fees that year, the report said.

The states identified in the report as diverting 911 fees for other purposes were New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and New York. New York was the only one of the six states that did not submit a report to the FCC. But the Commission said that “sufficient public record information exists to support a finding that New York diverted funds for non-public safety uses.” Continue reading

FCC Daily Digest, February 12, 2018

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE SERVICE RULES GOVERNING PUBLIC SAFETY NARROWBAND OPERATIONS IN THE 769-775/799-805 MHZ BANDS.   The Commission amends and clarifies 700 MHz narrowband interoperability and technical rules. (Dkt No.  RM-11433 13-87 06-229 RM-11577 96-86 ). Action by:  the Commission. Adopted:  02/08/2018 by R&O. (FCC No. 18-11).


FirstNet Board Announcement Expected Tomorrow

The Commerce Department tomorrow is expected to announce multiple First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board appointments.  One of the 12 nonpermanent board member seats is currently vacant, and appointments of four other nonpermanent board members were due to expire in December, after being extended from last August.  They are the appointments of Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank, former Vermont governor James Douglas, retired telecom industry executive Ed Reynolds, and Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff Richard Stanek. A delay in the confirmation of National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl seems to have pushed back action on the board seats.

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Trump to Nominate DHS Official

The White House said today that President Trump plans to nominate Christopher Krebs to be under secretary–national protection and programs at the Department of Homeland Security.  He currently is the senior official performing the duties of that post, which oversees the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

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