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NPSTC Files Comprehensive Comments to FCC on 4.9 GHz Band
July 10, 2018
In the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM), the FCC sought comment on alternatives to stimulate expanded use of and investment in the 4.9 GHz band. NPSTC opposed reallocation and auction of the band for commercial use. NPSTC's comments provided a more accurate picture of current and potential usage in the 4.9 GHz band...[read more]
APCO Seeks Comments on Draft Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Requirements Standard
June 29, 2018
Alexandria, Va. – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is seeking comments on candidate American National Standard (ANS) 2.106.1-201x which addresses site hardening requirements for public safety grade sites...[read more]
Washington Post Reports: FirstNet Launches, Giving Police and Firefighters a Dedicated Wireless Network and Infinite Possibilities
June 26, 2018
Though it's not a renowned high-tech hub, Brazos County, Tex., has become the showroom for what technology can do for police officers, paramedics and firefighters nationwide, through the newly created FirstNet wireless network ...[read more]
NENA Honors Marilyn Ward as Part of Its “9-1-1 History and Heroes” Presentation
June 25, 2018
NENA celebrated its conference in Nashville, TN, from June 16–21, at the Music City Center. NPSTC's Executive Director Marilyn Ward was among those honored for their work ...[read more]
NPSTC Publishes NPSBN Position Statement
June 20, 2018
NPSTC strongly supports Public Law 112-96 (02/22/12) that sets forth the requirements for having one Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). THE NPSBN is what public safety advocated for from the beginning of discussions within the community, starting around 2006, and what Congress mandated – a single nationwide network ...[read more]
RCA Honors Member Harlin McEwen
June 19, 2018
RCA has added a new feature to its website – a short feature on a current member, what they are doing, and what their wireless interests are. This month RCA honors Chief Harlin McEwen. Harlin R. McEwen, Chief of Police (Ret) brings more than 60 years of experience both as an advocate for public safety telecommunications issues and as a career law enforcement officer and administrator ...[read more]
AT&T Opens Stores to FirstNet Subscribers
June 11, 2018
AT&T, Inc., announced today that eligible first responders can sign up at AT&T's 5,300 retail stores for service on the nationwide public safety broadband network being overseen by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). AT&T is FirstNet's network partner.
GAO Releases Emergency Communications Report - GAO-18-379
May 29, 2018
(GAO-18-379: published: Apr 26, 2018; publicly released: May 29, 2018) During emergencies, first responders need to be able to communicate with each other – even across jurisdictions. After Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed a law to help first responders do just that. The law created working groups to improve regional collaboration. Each group has members from different levels of government, as well as from the private sector.
We found that these groups have generally worked well at the regional level – members shared information and assisted each other during emergencies. However, we recommended that FEMA encourage nationwide collaboration among the groups ...[read more]
NPSTC Renews Concerns About “Dispatchable Location” Definition
May 04, 2018
(RE: PS Docket No. 07-114) NPSTC writes today with an ongoing concern about how the wireless industry is interpreting "dispatchable location" for 9-1-1 location accuracy purposes, within the framework of the FCC's Fourth Report and Order.
NPSTC Governing Board Meeting via Teleconference was Held May 30!
May 03, 2018
NPSTC held a Governing Board meeting via a conference call on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm ET. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
Additional meeting details available here.
A summary of currently available meeting details also shown below:
IWCE Online Presents NG911 Webinar Series
FirstNet Core Delivers on the Promise of a Dedicated Network for Public Safety
March 27, 2018
(Courtesy Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer and Operations Director) Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, public safety from all disciplines joined together to advocate for a single nationwide public safety broadband network. A wireless network they would fight for and have a say in from the start. A network built upon industry standards, nationwide spectrum, and a device portfolio for all disciplines to ensure interoperability – a network with the security and reliability to help meet their lifesaving needs ...[read more]
FCC Releases 4.9 GHz Band FNPRM
March 23, 2018
Full In-Person NPSTC Meeting at IWCE Was Held March 9, 2018
March 10, 2018
NPSTC held a full in-person meeting at IWCE on March 9, 2018, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, in Orlando, FL. For more information about IWCE, go to www.iwceexpo.com. Additional March meeting details available here and also summarized below. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
NPSTC Booth (#2878) was available on March 7 and 8, 2016, beginning at 10:00 am ET and ending at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and 5:00 pm on Thursday.
Members of NPSTC Support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085)
February 27, 2018
Members of the National Public Safety Communications Council (NPSTC) support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085). NPSTC's members thank Representatives Eliot Engel and Lee Zeldin for introducing this legislation ...[read more]
Second MCPTT Plugtests Event Set for Texas in June
February 15, 2018
[Courtesy MissionCritical Communications, Radio Resource International] The second MCPTT Plugtests event will be hosted by Texas A&M University (TAMU) June 25 – 29 in College Station, Texas, USA. The goal of the MCPTT Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of different mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) implementations on the market using different scenarios and test cases ...[read more]
RCA Announces Date and New Location for 2018 Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium
NIST Publishes Guide to LTE Security
Report Details Progress in NG-911 Implementation
January 19, 2018
A new report details progress that states are making in deploying next-generation 911 (NG-911) services ...[read more]
Save the Date! PSCE Conference in Brussels, May 23-24, 2018
January 11, 2018
PSCE is happy to announce that the 18th edition of the PSCE conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 23–24 May 2018...[read more]
NPSTC Releases Public Safety Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Interoperability with LTE Mission Critical Push to Talk Report
January 10, 2018
This report, Public Safety Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Interoperability with LTE Mission Critical Push to Talk, is designed to articulate the issues and requirements regarding integration and interoperability between LMR systems and LTE MCPTT services...[read more]
NPSTC’s EMS Working Group Publishes Sensor Based Medical Alarms: What Your EMS Agency Should Know!
December 09, 2017
There are a variety of medical and telemetry sensors being used outside of hospitals to monitor a patient's health status...[read more]
PERF Presents its latest report in the Critical Issues in Policing series: The Revolution in Emergency Communications
OEC/NCSWIC Publish White Paper on T-Band Giveback and Implications for Public Safety
NPSTC Comments on NOI on Flexible Use in 3.7 to 24 GHz Bands (GN Docket No. 17-183)
October 02, 2017
NPSTC provided comments in response to the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on "additional flexible use" in the 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz bands. Additional flexible use means the FCC would like to open this spectrum for licensed commercial and unlicensed broadband use.
Sixteen Years Later - Remember the Past, Honor the Future
September 11, 2017
On this day we mourn the horrific events of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives in this tragedy and those who lost their lives trying to save others. From the Pentagon to Shanksville, PA, to Ground Zero in New York City and at the Pentagon, and across the nation, we will raise the flag and share a moment of silence at 8:46 am EDT, the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) Materials Made Available
August 24, 2017
A Nationwide Data Collection of Emergency Communication Policies, Programs, and Funding ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: National Mutual Aid Technology Exercise Brings Together a Diverse Group
August 22, 2017
S&T cannot eliminate disasters, but it can arm decision makers with tools and plans that will ultimately shield communities from negative consequences ...[read more]
NPSTC Reacts to AT&T Comments Regarding Lack of a Public Safety Grade Definition
August 18, 2017
NPSTC is disappointed that FirstNet's commercial partner, AT&T, has on numerouse occasions stated that is is not aware of a single agreed upon definition for public safety grade.
National 911 Program Partners with NASNA on New Resource on NG9-1-1 and FirstNet
August 18, 2017
The National 911 Program and the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) have created a 16-page brochure NG911 & FirstNet Guide for State and Local Authorities to help local authorities understand the difference between NG 9-1-1 and FirstNet as decisions are made about the future of emergency communications ...[read more]
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