Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, February 27, 2019

Jumping the Gun, Unanswered Questions. Note: Because I will be out of the office on Thursday, the usual publication day for the Advocate, this issue is being sent to our subscribers a day early.

We hope to see you all next week at IWCE! I have been watching the press releases for information important to the public safety community. In doing so, I have noticed that especially right before large communications shows, some vendors and organizations jump the gun with their press releases. Some make it sound as though the product they are promoting is ready for prime time when it may or not have been certified. Other press releases are sent out before all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

Generally, there appear to be two reasons for these early announcements. The first is that the vendor or organization wants to appear to be ahead of others. The other is simply because the marketing people have not been properly briefed by those involved in the design and product scheduling. So, when you see a new press release that discusses a new and revolutionary item or event, it is better to wait until the product itself is available or being shown rather than a mockup.

The Mobile World Congress is also this week. This event is a good place to find products that are not ready for prime time or don’t live up to the hype provided in their press releases. I have read about a new ruggedized “shell” with a built-in Push-To-Talk (PTT) button for iPhones, using a Bluetooth interface, for at least two different PTT services. I am wondering if this shell will be shown at IWCE so we can take a look at it.  Read the Entire Column Here

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Pleading Cycle Set on 911 Petitions

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau sought comments today on petitions for declaratory ruling filed last month by BellSouth Telecommunications LLC and several of the Alabama 911 districts asking the Commission to issue a declaratory ruling responding to a primary jurisdiction referral from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. “The District Court’s referral arises from a dispute between the parties regarding BellSouth’s billing of 911 charges for its business telephone service and the Alabama 911 Districts’ position that such service qualifies as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or similar service pursuant to Alabama’s 911 statute,” the bureau said in a public notice. Comments/oppositions are due March 28 and replies April 12 in WC docket 19-44.

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APCO: 911 FNPRM Should Ask About Reporting Floor Level Info

The fourth further notice of proposed rulemaking that the FCC plans to consider at its March 15 meeting on vertical 911 location accuracy (TR Daily, Feb. 22) should ask whether carriers should be required to provide floor-level information, according to the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International.

In an ex parte filing in PS docket 07-114 reporting on a phone conversation with Zenji Nakazawa, public safety and consumer protection adviser to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, APCO stressed that “for 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs), the location information must be actionable – meaning that Public Safety Telecommunicators (PSTs) can quickly use it to assist the caller and direct responders to the scene. In this regard, the draft FNPRM asks whether the Commission should specify that CMRS providers must report z-axis information as height above ground level (AGL), as opposed to above mean sea level (AMSL). As APCO previously stated, ‘[v]ertical location information provided as a value relative to mean sea level is not actionable for public safety. If a z-axis metric is adopted, it should include floor level information,’ consistent with the Commission’s direction that a z-axis metric would serve as a backstop for identifying floor level. The difference would mean that PSTs would receive, for example, ‘4th Floor’ as opposed to ’12 meters AGL’ (within permitted confidence and uncertainty levels).

“Therefore, APCO respectfully requests that the draft FNPRM be revised to include the following additional question: ‘Should the Commission specify that CMRS providers must identify the floor level when reporting z-axis information?’ Identifying the floor level is qualitatively different from achieving floor level accuracy, and would better ensure that z-axis information is actionable for ECCs, so that PSTs can more quickly and accurately direct first responders to 9-1-1 callers during emergencies.”- Paul Kirby,

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O’Rielly to B’casters: Don’t ‘Get Greedy’ in C-Band Reallocation

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly advised TV broadcasters today not to “get greedy” in the reallocation of spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz band for terrestrial 5G services.

In the text of his speech to the National Association of Broadcasters’ State Leadership Conference in Washington, Mr. O’Rielly said repurposing of spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band “is one of my highest priorities at the Commission this year, especially given its importance in bringing needed spectrum resources to our nation’s private sector wireless providers as part of the global race to 5G. Having taken a lead advocate role on the matter for quite a few years, I would appreciate any assistance you can bring to make this happen as smoothly and quickly as possible.

“Please know that there is near certainty that C-Band reallocation will occur. While the particular details are still to be worked out, this debate has matured into finding the best mechanism for reallocation and determining how quickly it can occur. From a broadcasting perspective, I have made it one of my conditions for approving any reallocation that the proposal include full reimbursement and retuning for those broadcasters that currently use C-band satellite services,” Mr. O’Rielly added. “My message to you is that if you don’t get greedy or seek unfair enrichment for the reallocation, your concerns will have to be fully addressed.”

The Commissioner also noted that the TV band repacking is “in the middle of Phase 2, with a completion date of mid-April. Most experts I have spoken to do not anticipate tremendous difficulties until Phases 3 or 4, but if your particular station has concerns, the repack would obviously become a top-tier issue for you and your organization.

“Let me assure you, while I fully want the 600 MHz spectrum cleared as soon as possible, no station should be worried that the FCC would make it … go dark and cease offering programming to viewers,” Mr. O’Rielly added. “You have my word that I will not let that happen. This promise, however, should not be seen as an invitation to become complacent or lackadaisical. Instead, if real and demonstrable unforeseen circumstances develop, the Commission will want to work with the station to address and resolve issues as quickly as possible. Your obligation is to notify and work with the transition staff if, and as soon as, any such problem is detected.” —Paul Kirby,

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Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, February 21, 2019

Joining FirstNet. For the last year I have been receiving enquiries from readers and others about what is required to join FirstNet (Built with AT&T) and why an agency should join this network when it already has a contract with another broadband network. This is a fair question, especially when another network claims to be as good as FirstNet.

Let’s look at the reasons to join FirstNet. At the top of the list is the purpose for which the network was envisioned and then became the law of the land: to provide a nationwide broadband network dedicated solely to public safety agencies and personnel. From its inception, FirstNet was not intended to replace Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems now or well into the future. It was designed to provide interoperability between agencies with different LMR systems and resolve the issues encountered when coordinating with other agencies on different portions of the LMR spectrum. Think of FirstNet as the common network that augments all existing LMR networks used for Push-To-Talk (PTT) voice with the inclusion of data and video.

Next, unlike commercial networks, FirstNet was designed from day one to be the most secure wireless network possible. It was mandatory that it meet all the stringent requirements for the medical community as well as law enforcement and the federal government rules when it comes to obtaining or sharing data. It also needed to be as secure as possible to prevent hacking or the introduction of malware or other viruses. This security was to be designed in and built in prior to the network’s launch and those charged with building and running the network had to agree on both having a separate and private core or central heart of the network and monitoring and updating the network on a full-time basis.
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