Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, April 18, 2019

Updates on What Public Safety Needs from Congress. This week APCO sent out an email asking for all of us to support the 9-1-1 Saves Act. This bill will upgrade 9-1-1 professionals and reclassify them as Protective Service employees. This should have been done years ago and I hope the re-designation will carry forward to non-sworn public safety dispatchers. There is a link for this important bill and a guide for you to follow on how to notify your U.S. Senators and Representatives, so please do so.

This is only one of the significant pieces of legislation that should be passed by Congress and signed into law. The issues I am concerned about include the T-Band, NG911, and 4.9 GHz if the FCC doesn’t leave it alone. The most recent bill introduced in the House replaces H.R.3994, which was passed in 2018 but died in the Senate where no vote was taken. This year it is back as H.R.1328 and must once again make the rounds.

I believe H.R.1328 is of vital interest to the public safety community. It is the Access Broadband Act that would create a single organization for tracking and helping implement rural and poverty-level broadband. Today there are numerous federal and state agencies involved in grants and loans, but there seems to be a serious lack of coordination. The Access Broadband Act is extremely important to rural broadband coverage and as such should be supported by the public safety community. Currently, its odds of gaining passage are slight unless more sponsors from both parties join the effort.
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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

LEX18 Lexington KY News Apr 18 07:55

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The bill, filed last week, is called the 911 Saves Act and it would reclassify dispatchers as first responders, instead of clerical employees.

Everyone’s a Winner in Apple-Qualcomm Settlement

Apr 18 09:19

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… in February;; It Demonstrated at MWC 18 an industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) 5G application using industrial equipment from Siemens;; At MWC 19, …

You’ll still have to wait until 2020 for an iPhone with 5G

Cult of Mac Apr 18 08:10

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During Apple’s fight with Qualcomm, it attempted to source 5G chips from elsewhere. It looked like Intel would be its chosen supplier at one point, but …

Intel pulls out of the mobile 5G business

IT ProPortal Apr 17 13:02

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Apple left between a rock and a hard place.

TMA to support alarm companies participation in FirstNet

Security Systems News Apr 17 11:20

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FirstNet is the dedicated public safety nationwide wireless broadband network, built and deployed through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership …

FCC urges RI to stop diverting 911 fees to other funds

Miami Herald Apr 17 11:15

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FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly says diverting 911 fees harms public safety and makes states ineligible for funding to modernize emergency call …

WSJ: DOJ unlikely to approve Sprint/T-Mobile merger as structured

MassHighTech Apr 17 10:06

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Sprint Corp.’s proposed $26 billion merger with T-Mobile US Inc. appears to be facing an uphill battle with the Justice Department. If the deal’s current structure isn’t modified, it’s unlikely the department will approve it, sources told The Wall Street Journal. T-Mobile and Sprint executives have said a merger is necessary to help them compete in the push for 5G upgrades. In April, Sprint CEO Michel Combes warned the Federal Communications Commission that without a merger the future of Sprintâ

Report: Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems starting with the 2020 iPhones

9 to 5 Mac Apr 17 10:06

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Just hours ago, a deal with Qualcomm to end all litigation between the companies. Now, a report from says that the agreement will see Apple use Qualcomm’s 5G modems in the 2020 iPhones. more… The post Report: Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems starting with the 2020 iPhones appeared first on 9to5Mac.

CBRS Alliance Finalizes Release 2 Specs

MissionCritical Apr 11 10:15

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The CBRS Alliance announced that the Network and Coexistence Release 2 specifications are finalized and published. The alliance, which oversees the OnGo Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 5G solutions for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, made the specifications publicly available for download. read more

AT&T Announces That It Now Offers 5G Service to 7 More Cities

Business Times Apr 11 09:25

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AT&T’s mobile 5G service is now live in seven more cities in the U.S. …

What stood out at the China Information Technology Expo?

CGTN Apr 11 06:45

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… from both home and abroad, filling 25 exhibition areas with 8K TVs, 5G technology, smart home appliances and even battery-powered vehicles.

Dish’s Ergen Teases Fixed Wireless, Dynamic Pricing for 5G Network

Light Reading Apr 11 06:30

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Dish chairman Charlie Ergen says building a wireless network ‘is harder than I thought it was going to be,’ but reiterates plan to build a 5G offering that could enable dynamic pricing and fixed wireless services.

Huawei strives for cloud-native 5G core

Converge! Network Digest Apr 18 09:00

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Speaking at this week’s Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, Jason Dai, President of Huawei Cloud Core Network Strategy & Business …

Ericsson, Swisscom launch Europe’s first large scale 5G network

Siliconeer Apr 18 08:15

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Ericsson and Swisscom have launched Europe’s first 5G network (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND). Stockholm (AFP) Telecom equipment manufacturer …

LG delays V50 ThinQ ‘until further notice’ due to 5G borkage

The INQUIRER Apr 18 06:00

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IT’S A BAD DAY for the smartphone biz; first we had foldgate, and now LG has announced that it’s delaying its V50 ThinQ flagship until further notice.

Private 5G networks will be a ‘big trend’ Apr 18 05:15

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Private 5G networks will be a ‘big trend’ …

Switzerland to monitor potential health risks posed by 5G networks

Physician’s Weekly Apr 17 13:00

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ZURICH (Reuters) Switzerland will introduce a monitoring system to assuage concerns about the potential health impact of fifth-generation (5G) …

Mobile Network Operators Struggle to Prepare for 5G

Infovista Apr 17 13:00

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A new survey from Infovista finds that only 25 percent of mobile network operators say they are extremely prepared for 5G, citing as their top concerns …

Is 5G Available in Canada?

WhistleOut Canada Apr 17 13:00

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Major cell phone networks are already testing 5G in major cities, but probably …

LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

Android Police Apr 17 13:00

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LG has announced that it will postpone sales of its first 5G smartphone in South Korea until further notice. The V50 ThinQ was scheduled for release …

Networks prepare for 5G New Radio Apr 17 13:00

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To deliver the lower-latency, higher throughput, and higher network availability promised by 5G, MNOs are utilizing radio access network (RAN) and …

EU lawmakers back wifi-based car standard in win for Volkswagen

Reuters: Tech Apr 17 12:50

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The European Commission’s push for a wifi-based standard for cars backed by Volkswagen took a big step forward on Wednesday after EU lawmakers endorsed the move over 5G technology promoted by BMW and Qualcomm.

5G is Designed So That Industries Can Use Cellar at Massive Scale, Says Qualcomm CEO

WebProNews Apr 17 12:15

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The transitions, 3G to 4G, 4G to 5G, are very important in order to maintain your leadership position and also it enables you to really open up and …

Cars with WiFi or 5G? BMW and Qualcomm face VW and Renault

AndroidPIT Apr 17 11:50

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Qualcomm, BMW and Deutsche Telekom are pitted against car manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Renault and Volvo for the way cars will …

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 5G go up for pre-order tomorrow

Engadget Apr 11 10:30

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You’re also getting six cameras and Samsung’s Wireless Powershare technology for wirelessly charging other devices. Not bad, but then again: This …

Opinion: Customers stand to benefit, if T-Mobile’s merger bid is successful

MassHighTech Apr 11 10:15

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The merger bid is about spreading the costs of investment in 5G across a larger customer base.

T-Mobile promises $41B 5G investment in California for Sprint deal

MassHighTech Apr 11 10:15

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To get California to sign off on its $26.5 billion telecom merger, T-Mobile has agreed to invest $41 billion in California infrastructure to provide 99% of households statewide with 5G broadband.

Early Galaxy S10 5G problems emerge: 5G to LTE bug, slow speed and limited coverage

TheAndroidSoul Apr 11 10:00

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Ever since Samsung released their first fully integrated 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, in Korea on 5th April, customers have been reported to …

NTT Docomo, KKDI, SoftBank and Rakuten receives 5G Spectrum of 1.7 trillion Yen from telecom …

TechGraph Apr 11 09:55

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The three big carriers NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank Corp along with new entrant Rakuten Inc all received spectrum from the telecoms ministry.