Whitepaper: FirstNet Innovations – Revolutionizing Public Safety Communications

Overview

It goes without saying that communications are absolutely critical for Public Safety. The very nature of Public Safety services requires highly reliable systems, while with many new technologies, reliability tends to follow sometime after introduction. This creates a challenge to the implementation of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the application of 4G LTE services to the unique needs of Public Safety.

AT&T through their FirstNet contract has embraced this challenge with innovations targeting Public Safety’s functionality and reliability requirements. Embodied in this challenge is an understanding of Public Safety’s long history using Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems to meet their communications requirements. This history has built a level of trust that FirstNet must meet in providing Mission Critical voice communications as well as with their new and innovative services.

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PUBLIC SAFETY SPECTRUM ALLIANCE (PSSA) EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH FCC ACTION TO ALLOCATE PUBLIC SAFETY SPECTRUM TO THE STATES.

The Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA), a coalition to protect public safety’s use of mission-critical spectrum, including the 4.9 GHz Band, announced that it will not be deterred by the FCC’s action today to reallocate the 4.9 GHz spectrum to the states that has previously been allocated solely to public safety. “We are extremely disappointed by the FCC’s action that jeopardizes public safety’s access to spectrum critical to life-saving operations. Today’s action by the FCC shows clearly that commercial interests won out at public safety’s expense” according to Chief Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) and former vice chairman of the FirstNet Authority. “ This spectrum was allocated by the FCC to public safety after 9/11 to be part of the interoperability solution for first responders.

PUBLIC SAFETY SPECTRUM ALLIANCE (PSSA) EXPRESSES APPRECIATION TO COMMISSIONER ROSENWORCEL AND STARKS FOR SUPPORT OF PRESERVATION OF 4.9 GHz SPECTRUM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

The Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA), a coalition to protect public safety’s use of 4.9 GHz spectrum commends Commissioner Rosenworcel and Commissioner Starks for their support of public safety by dissenting on yesterday’s agenda item: Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules, WP Docket No. 07-100. Their comments show that they clearly understand the significant negative impacts to public safety of this order and pointed out the procedural flaws in this proceeding that may violate the Administrative Procedures Act.

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