Esri Introduces ArcGIS Mobile App for FirstNet Ecosystem

October 22, 2018, The app, Explorer for ArcGIS, provides ArcGIS capabilities to agencies that might otherwise struggle to securely share mapping data.

Public safety and law enforcement agencies that have signed onto FirstNet will now be able to access ArcGIS, Esri’s mapping and spatial analysis technology, within the network’s app ecosystem.

The nation’s dedicated public safety broadband network announced the development of its app ecosystem last May, with AT&T hosting a flurry of hackathons and events to build out the catalog over the past year. The latest announcement — including apps from Esri, Netmotion, PulsePoint and SceneDoc — was made last Thursday.

Esri, which works with more than 350,000 governments and businesses worldwide, initially provided thought leadership and best practice ideas to FirstNet, according to Mike King, the company’s global public safety manager. When FirstNet awarded AT&T it’s contract to build out the public safety network, the working relationship between the two expanded, with Esri offering its APIs and SDKs to the FirstNet “developer” network — a free marketplace for developers to create their own applications.

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Ligado Announces 5G Plans

Ligado Networks LLC announced its plans today to develop 5G technology in the L-Band for mobile services in North America. “We are proud to announce this exciting effort with key partners and believe it will accelerate the development of the L-Band ecosystem for 5G in North America,” said Ligado Chief Executive Officer Doug Smith. “Making this further investment in the transition of mid-band spectrum for terrestrial use represents a big stride forward for the country’s efforts to deliver next-generation services and win the race to 5G.” Ligado said that it has chosen Ericsson and Sequans to develop the 5G technology for the satellite component of the company’s network.

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AT&T, Puerto Rico Telephone Challenge FCC Small Cell Order

AT&T, Inc., and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC) are the latest entities to file petitions for review of the small cell order adopted by the FCC last month (TR Daily, Sept 26).

The declaratory ruling and third report and order bars states and localities from adopting rules that prohibit the deployment of wireless infrastructure, imposes limits on the fees that municipalities can charge for reviewing small cell deployments, sets shot clocks for acting on small cell applications, and provides guidance on when non-fee requirements such as aesthetic and undergrounding requirements may amount to an effective prohibition on service. But the FCC declined to adopt a deemed granted remedy when a locality fails to act on an application within a certain period of time.

Although the wireless industry generally supported the item, AT&T, Sprint Corp., and PRTC are challenging it because the FCC did not adopt the deemed granted remedy. More than two dozen Western localities and municipal groups have also filed petitions for review more broadly challenging the FCC item (TR Daily, Oct. 24 and 26).

“In the Order, the Commission, among other things and without prejudice to other claims, refused to adopt a ‘deemed granted’ remedy for instances when a state or local government entity fails to act on a request for authorization to place, construct, or modify personal wireless services facilities within a reasonable period of time after the request is filed, contrary to 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B),” AT&T noted in its petition for review (case no. 18-1294), which was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “AT&T is affected by the determinations in the Order because delays on requests for authorization to construct postpone deployment of wireless facilities. AT&T is thus aggrieved by the Order and has standing to challenge it. AT&T seeks review of the Order on the grounds that it is arbitrary, capricious, inadequately reasoned, or otherwise contrary to law. AT&T requests that this Court hold unlawful, vacate, enjoin, and set aside the Order, and that it provide such additional relief as may be appropriate.”

“While we remain largely supportive of the FCC’s wireless infrastructure order, the omission of a deemed granted remedy for failure to meet the shot clock runs counter to the Commission’s efforts to encourage investment in critical broadband facilities,” an AT&T spokesperson said.

“Despite substantial evidence in the record supporting the need for the Commission to adopt a ‘deemed granted’ remedy when authorities subject applications for wireless infrastructure siting to unreasonable delays or effective prohibitions, the Commission declined to adopt such a remedy,” PRTC (d/b/a Claro) noted in its petition for review (case no. 18-2063), which was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit  (Boston).  “PRTC seeks relief on the grounds that the Commission’s decision not to adopt a ‘deemed granted’ remedy is (1) arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 701 et seq.; (2) inconsistent with sections 253 and 332 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. §§ 253, 332; and (3) otherwise contrary to law. Accordingly, PRTC respectfully requests that this Court remand the relevant portion of the Order to the Commission, without vacatur, and with instructions for the Commission to adopt a ‘deemed granted’ remedy as soon as is practicable.”- Paul Kirby,

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Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, October 25, 2018

NG9-1-1, FirstNet, and LMR.  In early November, I will be at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Critical Communications Conference in Chicago. On the second day, I will be moderating a panel entitled, “LTE’s Interoperability with LMR and 911.” All the panelists are subject-matter experts so I have an easy job as moderator. Preparing for this panel started me thinking about what should be the true goal of an end-to-end public safety communications system. Once Next-Generation 9-1-1 has been widely implemented and the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and dispatch centers have been upgraded, the result should be a near-flawless system from the time a citizen calls 9-1-1 to the last unit on the scene being released and the paperwork completed.

PSAPs or 9-1-1 centers today, in most places, are still voice-centric in nature. The goal of NG9-1-1 is to modernize their capabilities to include incoming text messages, pictures, and videos. These can then be processed, and if needed, sent on to the responding units over FirstNet so those responding will have a better understanding of the incident and/or any vehicles or people fleeing the scene. Unfortunately, NG9-1-1 is the last piece of the puzzle for several reasons. First, many states have and continue to “re-appropriate” funds earmarked for 9-1-1 from all of our phone bills, and when Congress passed the bill that created FirstNet and allocated $7 billion for the initial costs of FirstNet, it only allocated $115 million for NG9-1-1, which is not enough to ensure NG9-1-1 upgrades for all PSAPs and dispatch centers.
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xG Technology Board Chairman

xG Technology, Inc., has appointed Sue Swenson non-executive chairman of its board. Ms. Swenson is replacing Gary Cuccio, who is stepping down.  The company added that Kenneth Hoffman is also leaving the board. The departures of Messrs. Cuccio and Hoffman are “amicable,” xG said. “These changes will all be effective October 31, 2018.” Ms. Swenson is the former chairwoman of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board and is a wireless industry veteran.

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Trump Memo Requires Development of National Spectrum Strategy

President Trump signed a memorandum today directed the executive branch to develop a national spectrum strategy. Among other things, the memo stresses the importance of efficient government spectrum use, spectrum sharing, and leading the world in 5G deployment.

David J. Redl, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, first mentioned the administration’s plan to develop the national spectrum strategy at an April meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) (TR Daily, April 25), but administration officials have refused to discuss the strategy planning in depth since then.

“While winning the race to 5G will require significant private sector investment, the federal government can and should make policy decisions that promote innovation and capital expenditure,” Michael Kratsios, deputy U.S. chief technology officer and deputy assistant to the president for technology policy, told reporters during a call this morning to outline the spectrum memo. “A spectrum strategy will help create a road map for industry to better guide their business decisions. Additionally, it will provide clarity to federal agencies who rely on spectrum to carry out their mission.”

Another official on the call also stressed the private-sector nature of the 5G effort, in response to a question about a proposal that was floated by a senior National Security Council official to create a government-built 5G network (TR Daily, Jan. 29).

“We very much see this as a private sector-driven 5G roll out and encourage others to see it as that also,” said the official, who also noted comments by National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow at a recent White House 5G Summit (TR Daily, Sept. 28). “This is the American way.”

Mr. Kudlow stressed the importance of relying on “the free enterprise, free market economy” to grow the economy.

“It is the policy of the United States to use radiofrequency spectrum (spectrum) as efficiently and effectively as possible to help meet our economic, national security, science, safety, and other Federal mission goals now and in the future.  To best achieve this policy, the Nation requires a balanced, forward-looking, flexible, and sustainable approach to spectrum management,” the memo released today says.

“As the National Security Strategy of 2017 made clear, access to spectrum is a critical component of the technological capabilities that enable economic activity and protect national security.  Wireless communications and associated data applications establish a foundation for high wage jobs and national prosperity.  While American industry continues to extract greater and greater value from spectrum, each technological leap also increases demands on its usage.  Those demands have never been greater than today, with the advent of autonomous vehicles and precision agriculture, the expansion of commercial space operations, and the burgeoning Internet of Things signaling a nearly insatiable demand for spectrum access,” the memo adds.  Moreover, it is imperative that America be first in fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies – wireless technologies capable of meeting the high-capacity, low-latency, and high-speed requirements that can unleash innovation broadly across diverse sectors of the economy and the public sector.  Flexible, predictable spectrum access by the United States Government will help ensure that Federal users can meet current and future mission requirements for a broad range of both communications- and non-communications-based systems.” Continue reading

Pai Announces Appointments to Tribal Task Force

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced the appointment of 19 tribal members and eight FCC representatives to the agency’s renewed Native Nations Communications Task Force.  Mr. Pai named Matthew Duchesne, chief of the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, as co-chair of the task force. Tribal members will elect a tribal co-chair. “The Commission is excited to announce the members of the Native Nations Communications Task Force,” said Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Chief Patrick Webre. “The Task Force will continue the work of helping the Commission design and implement policies to close the digital divide.

Too often, Tribal Nations are on the wrong side of that divide, and we look forward to receiving the Task Force’s ideas for fostering more and better communications infrastructure and services on Tribal lands. The Task Force will be an important element of our commitment to work with Tribes on a government-to-government basis to address issues of mutual interest.”

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