Localities Object to Being Treated as Barriers to Deployment

Local governments are pushing back in FCC filings against the idea that they create obstacles to the deployment of broadband and small cell infrastructure and that their decisions and agreements with providers should be overridden by the federal agency.

In an ex parte filing in WT docket 17-79 (wireless broadband deployment) and GN docket 17-83 (Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee), the city of San Jose, Calif., reported on the success of “collaborative efforts” with AT&T, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., and Mobilitie LLC for the installation of small cells on approximately 4,000 city-owned light poles (TR Daily, June 15).

“Of course, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, but the approach of joint collaboration to agree upon mutual interest in accelerating broadband is a model that can [be] replicated nationwide.  San José has shown that investment in capacity of local government and collaboration is much more effective than legislation and litigation,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who resigned from the BDAC early this year citing the “overwhelming” influence of industry on the BDAC that was leading to a “predetermined” outcome (TR Daily, Jan. 25), said in a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who has been tasked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with being the point person in the agency’s wireless infrastructure streamlining efforts. Continue reading

DoD Spending Bill Clears Senate, Funds Cyber Research

A Defense Department appropriations bill that would provide $356 million in additional funding for DoD cyber research cleared the Senate today. The Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019 (HR 6157), which the Senate bundled with spending bills for the departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services, was approved by a vote of 85-7.

The bill includes $117 million for Army cybersecurity research efforts and $116 million for Missile Defense Agency cybersecurity enhancements.  Like the House version of the bill that was approved in June, the bill would bar DoD from doing business with Chinese firms suspected of cyber espionage (TR Daily, June 28). Continue reading

ARRL Reports: NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019 budget request includes shutting down “NIST radio stations in Colorado and Hawaii” — in other words, WWV and WWVH. Radio amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely make use of the time and frequency standard signals, which also include propagation information. NIST said eliminating funding currently “supporting fundamental measurement dissemination” would include putting WWV and WWVH off the air for a saving of $6.3 million. The NIST FY 2019 budget request for efforts related to Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science and Measurement Dissemination is $127 million, which, the agency said, is a net decrease of $49 million from FY 2018 levels. The Administration’s overall NIST budget request is more than $629 million.

“The proposed reductions will allow NIST to consolidate and focus on narrower core [fundamental] measurement programs while meeting budget levels,” the agency said in its FY 2019 budget summary. “NIST will focus on basic research while reducing funding for efforts applying some of its breakthroughs into new measurement applications.

Read complete article here: http://www.arrl.org/news/nist-fy-2019-budget-would-eliminate-wwv-and-wwvh




Colorado FirstNet Filing Upsets FirstNet, AT&T

A filing last month by the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB) that asked FCC to clarify guidelines and requirements concerning interoperability and roaming between the network being built by AT&T, Inc., for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and wireless carriers (TR Daily, July 9) upset FirstNet and AT&T officials, according to e-mails obtained by “MissionCritical Communications” through a Colorado Open Records Act request. An e-mail from Ed Parkinson, FirstNet’s director-government affairs, to a state official said that Colorado was “very unprofessional and years late” and suggested that the state was “[c]learly trying to do the work of a vendor.” Chris Sambar, AT&T’ senior vice president-FirstNet, said in an e-mail to state officials that the filing with the FCC “is an incredibly disappointing move on the part of CO after your governor chose to opt in.”

Another e-mail from Mr. Sambar to the same officials suggested that Verizon Communications, Inc.’s support for the Colorado request “seemingly” indicated collusion between a state official and Verizon. The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology has asked to withdraw the request filed with the FCC (TR Daily, July 16).

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ArsTechnica Reports: Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire

Verizon Wireless’ throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.

“County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon,” Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. “This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services.”

Bowden’s declaration was submitted in an addendum to a brief filed by 22 state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District, and the California Public Utilities Commission. The government agencies are seeking to overturn the recent repeal of net neutrality rules in a lawsuit they filed against the Federal Communications Commission in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“The Internet has become an essential tool in providing fire and emergency response, particularly for events like large fires which require the rapid deployment and organization of thousands of personnel and hundreds of fire engines, aircraft, and bulldozers,” Bowden wrote.

Santa Clara Fire paid Verizon for “unlimited” data but suffered from heavy throttling until the department paid Verizon more, according to Bowden’s declaration and emails between the fire department and Verizon that were submitted as evidence.

The throttling recently affected “OES 5262,” a fire department vehicle that is “deployed to large incidents as a command and control resource” and is used to “track, organize, and prioritize routing of resources from around the state and country to the sites where they are most needed,” Bowden wrote.

Read complete article here: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttled-fire-departments-unlimited-data-during-calif-wildfire/

All Things FirstNet

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FirstNet Spectrum Added To Over 2,500 Sites
Last month AT&T announced it added FirstNet-dedicated digital spectrum to more than 2,500 sites across the country. By Christopher Vondracek The total number of public safety…

Louisiana Ambulance Company On Board With FirstNet
“We’re waiting for that test event,” said Joey Branton, Director of Technology for Acadian Ambulance, who serves much of Louisiana, a swath of East Texas,…

Florida, Georgia Agencies adopt FirstNet
Two new agencies in the American Southeast have opted in to using FirstNet devices in the last week.  A sheriff’s department in a Georgia county…

ABC News Reports: Federal Agencies Warn Police of Drone Threat

ABC NewsShare to FacebookShare to Twitter (8/17, Margolin) reported that last week, federal officials “warned police around the country that drones are posing an ever-growing threat to safety and security.” In new intelligence bulletin, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center warned that an attack “could be conducted by one person or several people using a commercially available, off-the-shelf (drone) to target venues which attract large crowds,” including concerts, transportation terminals, and appearances by public figures. The bulletin, dated August 13, added that “details on building or modifying (drones) by terrorists as a means to deliver a weapon, are available on the internet and online forums, making it feasible for a person with sufficient technical experience or motivation to conduct an attack.”


PSTA Board Chair

The Public Safety Technology Alliance Board of Directors has selected Maggie Goodrich as chair. Ms. Goodrich “currently serves as a consultant to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and on the Baltimore, Cleveland and Newark police department federal monitorships,” according to a news release. She is the former chief information officer-public safety for the city of Los Angeles and also worked as policy director-homeland security and public safety in the city’s Office of the Mayor, the news release said.

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CCA Supports Colorado FirstNet Request

The Competitive Carriers Association has submitted an ex parte filing supporting a recent filing by the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB) that asked the Commission to clarify guidelines and requirements concerning interoperability and roaming between the nationwide public safety broadband network being built by AT&T, Inc., for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and wireless carriers (TR Daily, July 9). “The Commission should promptly place the Petition on Public Notice to allow additional parties the opportunity to weigh in on critical interoperability issues,” CCA said in a filing yesterday in PS dockets 16-269, 12-94, and 06-229 and WT dockets 06-150 and 12-69. However, the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology has asked to withdraw the request (TR Daily, July 16). Southern Linc and C-Spire Wireless, Inc., also have supported the Colorado request.

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FCC Provides Guidance on Amending Regional 800 MHz Plans

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released guidance today on the filing of amended regional plans by eight 800 megahertz band regional planning committees (RPCs) along the U.S. border with Canada.

“We direct the eight RPCs for the NPSPAC regions bordering Canada to file amendments to their 800 MHz regional plans by October 22, 2018 to bring them into conformity with the new 800 MHz band plan as detailed below. Alternatively, RPCs may elect to file amended regional plans by December 19, 2018, that combine these conforming band reconfiguration-related changes with other modifications, provided that they notify the Bureau by October 22, 2018 of their intent to do so,” said a public notice, which was released in WT docket 02-55.

“Changes to regional plans that reflect only changes in frequency listings based on the new NPSPAC band plan (i.e., changes that are limited to shifting channel assignments in the former plan downward by fifteen megahertz) and do not propose any other amendments except for administrative updates (e.g., changes to RPC by-laws or membership) will be subject to streamlined processing. Under the streamlined procedure, RPCs may submit their amendments to the Bureau without first seeking concurrence from adjacent Public Safety Regions,” the bureau added. “The Bureau will waive normal public notice and comment procedures for processing these amendments.

“Changes to regional plans that reflect other modifications such as changes to technical parameters or procedures for assigning channels, will be processed under non-streamlined procedures,” the bureau said. “Thus, RPCs must obtain concurrence to their amendments from adjacent regions prior to filing, and the Bureau will place such amendments on public notice and seek comment prior to approval.”- Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

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