State 9-1-1 Boards and NextGen

  One aspect of FirstNet that I truly respect is the fact that they are funded, organized and empowered regarding their mission. They have the potential to positively impact Public Safety on a national level. Things are not as well defined with NextGen 9-1-1. At the state level, we currently have extremes regarding  9-1-1 Boards and […]

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Testing 1,2,3…

Recently, the Federal Government released a committee report. This report included the recommendation that the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC), NOT be modified to change the classification of Public Safety Telecommunicator from “Office and Administrative Support” to critical public safety professional. This was in direct opposition to the recommendations from APCO, NENA and the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1  Caucus. […]

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FCC Chairman Testifies on NG9-1-1

Today there was a meeting regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) oversight responsibilities, conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. I am encouraged by the recommendation regarding funding for NG9-1-1. Below is the testimony of FCC Chairman Wheeler: Text of Wheeler Testimony on NG9-1-1 During my tenure as FCC Chairman, and in […]

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SECURITY – sometimes difficult to define

I received a letter from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. recently. The OPM experienced a major security HACK, which they publicly admitted (thank you).  This breach of data  included, as I learned in the letter, details that were voluntarily provided and additional information from background investigations for thousands of security clearances, including mine (past life). […]

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No Funded Plan for NextGen 9-1-1 in Your State?

In the perfect world there is a plan and approved funding for a NextGen ESInet –Emergency Services IP Network– in your State (disclaimer.. this is my personal opinion). This will serve as the public safety broadband network for all of the 911 centers (PSAPs). There is local control of the PSAPs, the state has simply removed a major technical hurdle by providing […]

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