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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APCO Broadband Summit

This week I participated in my first ‘Broadband Summit”.  I gave a presentation on the network management tools (SNMP, Wireshark, Dashboard) that we have implemented within our NextGen 911  ESInet in Palm Beach County. FirstNet was, of course,  a major topic. A number of their executive team members were present. During the two day summit, there was occasional […]

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When Your “backup” fails..

Last month a close associate of mine experienced two outages at one of his PSAP’s. The first event lasted over three hours, the second 15 minutes. All 9-1-1 calls were rerouted. The PSAP in question is served by two circuits. Supposedly physically diverse. During the conversion to IP in 2011, each circuit was physically routed into the […]

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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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Security and IP Networks – John Mcafee

John Mcafee Perspective As we discuss the need to provide secure IP networks in the world of Public Safety , this article by John Mcafee, the creator of the first commercial antivirus program and no stranger to controversy, is out there. John has led a wild life full of tabloid material. This post, totally correct or not, […]

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Transitioning to a Broadband State of Mind

    More bandwidth!  When using a computer, FAST is a great feeling. I’ve met probably a half a dozen individuals who have transitioned away from traditional analog phone lines (CAMA Trunks) in their 911 Call Centers (Public Safety Answering Point- PSAP) and proudly speak about how much bandwidth they  now have with the new IP […]

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