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Upcoming Events & Training10/27/14 WIPSCOM Presentation
11/10/14 Interoperability Council Meeting
11/18/14 WC SCIP Council Meeting
12/11/14 EC SCIP Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
FirstNet Weekly Update - October 14, 2014
· FirstNet conducted the third state consultation meeting in Oregon on October 8 with nearly 90 state and local public safety representatives from across the state, including Steve Noel, the Oregon SPOC. This meeting laid a strong foundation for a continued relationship with our public safety stakeholders in Oregon. The meeting included a robust dialog about FirstNet, our acquisition planning, and our consultation process. Read more on the FirstNet blog: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-initial-consultation-meeting-oregon
· The FirstNet CTO and Deputy CTO attended the Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) National Strategy Summit on October 8-9.
· FirstNet presented at the West Virginia State Interoperable Radio (SIRN) conference on October 6 and at the Colorado APCO/NENA conference on October 9. FirstNet also visited with the project managers for the Adcom 911 BTOP project.
· The next consultation meetings will be October 16 in Washington; October 29 in Montana; November 6 in Utah; November 18 in Iowa; and December 12 in Florida.
From the States and PSAC Organizations
· FirstNet is presenting at the Idaho Public Safety Technologies Summit in Boise, Idaho on October 14.
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TR Daily (Summary): FirstNet Extends RFI Comment Deadline (10/8/14)
Radio Resource Media Group: Q&A with FirstNet’s Acting General Manager (10/7/14)
Social MediaThe FirstNet Twitter account is now up to over 1,025 followers. It has been a great tool for the FirstNet team to use to assist with outreach, recruiting and more. The LinkedIn account has more than 270 followers. The FirstNet YouTube account http://www.youtube.com/user/FirstNetGov continues to grow its subscriber base, now at 66. Also this week we began posting to Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+FirstnetGov/posts, The social network will assist with our search engine optimization efforts. Our blog posts from this week can be found at: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.
Monday, October 06, 2014
Fall SWIC NewsletterThe Fall edition of the SWIC Newsletter has been released. It contains valuable information regarding various OEC programs which support SWIC activities, as well as content provided by SWICs Steve Noel (OR), Chuck Murph (AL), Craig Allen (IA), and Brandon Smith (VA).
Friday, October 03, 2014
2014 SWIC Success StoriesThe 2014 SWIC Success Stories have been released which were developed in collaboration with the joint SAFECOM Funding and Sustainment Committee and the NCSWIC Sustainment Working Group. This document highlights States’ successes as a result of resent SWIC’s efforts. These individual stories are just a snapshot of SWIC achievements in 2014.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
WI FirstNet Newsletter - October 2014
Please find the second newsletter dedicated to the Public Safety Broadband Wireless project in Wisconsin. It may be found here: October 2014 WI FirstNet Newsletter
Thursday, October 02, 2014
FCC Update for the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB)
· 700 MHz Narrowband R&O Latest Update: The Commission has been receiving waiver requests seeking relief from the December 31, 2016, 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline. The FCC and the Public Safety Bureau have been hard at work and focused on releasing this rulemaking as soon as possible.
· FCC Announces Agenda for October Open Meeting: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the following items will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2014:
· Fake Cell Towers: FCC rules prohibit the intentional or willful interception of cellular communications. The FCC is aware of stories in the media regarding these devices and has put together a team to look into the facts surrounding these allegations.
· 700 MHz Mexico and Canada Cross-Border Agreements: In September 2012, Cofetel announced its recommendation that Mexico adopt the 700 MHz Asia Pacific (APT) band plan, which raises interference concerns for the U.S. In 2013, Mexico replaced Cofetel with a new regulatory agency, IFETEL, but this is unlikely to change Mexico’s position on 700 MHz.
· 911 – Non-Service Initialized Cellphones: The Bureau has been working this issue and plans to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining a potential course of action and will seek public comment.
Chronological Overview of Recent FCC Public Safety Related Releases
October 1: Workshop on Tower Climber Safety and Injury Prevention: http://www.fcc.gov/document/pn-announcing-agenda-tower-climber-safety-workshop
September 16: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Text-to-911 Proceeding.
Comment Date: October 16, 2014
Reply Comment Date: November 17, 2014
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Dana Zelman, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-418-0546.
The Rulemaking is attached to this email. Here’s the notice that accompanied the release of the rulemaking in August:
Building on the Progress of Large Wireless Carriers,
FCC Establishes Timetable for Remaining Text Messaging Providers to Support Text-to-911
Washington, D.C. –The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to enable Americans to text 911 in an emergency. Building on commitments made by America’s four largest wireless carriers to support text-to-911 by May 2014, the new rules will ensure that all remaining wireless carriers and certain IP-based text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of the year. After that time, if a 911 call center requests text-to-911, text messaging providers will have six months to deploy the service in that area.
Today’s action will make text-to-911 more uniformly available and keeps pace with how Americans communicate. Reports indicate that more than 7 out of 10 cell phone users send or receive text messages. Text messaging is also widely used by Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities.
The Commission’s text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers (i.e., those which enable consumers to send text messages to and from U.S. phone numbers). This includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers but not, for example, messaging apps that only support communications among users of games or social media.
The Commission also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on the continued evolution of text-to-911, including the delivery of location information and support for text-to-911 when roaming.
Although text-to-911 availability is currently limited, it is rapidly expanding. More than one hundred 911 call centers serving portions of 16 states and two entire states (Vermont and Maine) are now accepting emergency texts, and there are already reports of lives saved. To help protect consumers as text-to-911 is deployed, the Commission previously adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to send an automatic “bounce-back” text message to consumers who try to text 911 where the service is not available.
Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative in a number of different situations, such as where a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, or has a speech disability is unable to make a voice call; where voice networks are congested; or where a 911 voice call could endanger the caller. Approximately 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing, and approximately 7.5 million Americans have speech disabilities. However text-to-911 is a complement to, not a substitute for, existing voice-based 911 service, so consumers should make a voice call to contact 911 during an emergency when possible; consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled should use relay services or other existing methods to contact 911 if text-to-911 is unavailable.
Action by the Commission August 8, 2014, by Second Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-118). Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel, Commissioner Clyburn approving in part and dissenting in part, Commissioner Pai dissenting and Commissioner O’Rielly concurring in part and dissenting in part. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.