pdvWireless, Inc., today commended the FCC’s adoption of a 900 megahertz band notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes to segment the spectrum to enable some of the channels to be used for broadband communications. The item was released yesterday (TR Daily, March 14). “The NPRM proposes our recommended band plan concept and technical rules, raises no interference concerns, and describes a transition plan that would allow PDV to move quickly in bringing this broadband option to market in a number of areas around the country through a voluntary negotiation process followed by alternative means for addressing holdout situations. PDV intends to work collaboratively with the FCC and all affected parties toward adoption of final rules in a timeframe reflective of this industry’s increasingly urgent need for a private broadband solution,” said pdvWireless Chief Executive Officer Morgan O’Brien.
Comments are due April 12 in Rulemaking 11828 on a petition for rulemaking filed by the American Radio Relay League asking the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules concerning permitted emissions and operating privileges for technician class licenses.
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld said the FCC should acknowledge privacy concerns in a fourth further notice of proposed rulemaking it plans to consider Friday proposing a z-axis, or vertical, location accuracy metric for indoor 911 calls. “In light of the FCC’s continued silence on allegations that carriers have misused information collected under the previous Enhanced 911 geolocation mandate, the complete failure of the FCC to even acknowledge privacy concerns in the [item] is deeply troubling,” Mr. Feld told TR Daily. “While Z-Axis information should still be considered CPNI under the 2015  Order, it is clear that the precautions adopted in the ‘roadmap’ were insufficient to prevent carriers from releasing this information to location services used by bounty hunters. At a minimum, the FCC needs to reaffirm that carriers are required by law to protect this information, and consider whether new precautions should be required. Bluntly, the FCC’s ongoing silence on privacy is the sound of the dinner bell to unethical location services and data aggregators – and to the carriers that enable them.”
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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The last meeting of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council under its current charter is scheduled for March 8 from 1-5 p.m. in the Commission’s meeting room.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org