01.28.2010 02:00 PM
FCC Schedules Emergency Coordination Forum
WASHINGTON: The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will hold a public forum to discuss “the creation of
an emergency response interoperability center for public safety broadband
communications,” the agency said. The gathering is scheduled for Feb. 10, from
2 to 4 p.m. in the commission meeting room at FCC headquarters. The event is
considered part of the FCC’s proceeding on a National Broadband Plan. The
proceeding identified a need for public safety entities to work together on an
interoperable broadband structure.
“The forum will examine ways in which this could be achieved,” the FCC said.
The commission is considering creating an emergency response center that would develop
common standards and interoperability among all public safety groups authorized
to use the nationwide, wireless broadband network now in the conception stage.
The center would also address interoperability disputes, determine standards
for participation by commercial wireless providers and outline a framework for
gateway functionality and interface capabilities.
“Discussions will focus on how the interoperability center should be
structured, what its role should be and how it can accomplish critical tasks
such as establishing a public safety interoperability profile, interoperability
standards, authentication, encryption, roaming, priority access, application
uses and interconnectivity,” the FCC said.
The forum will be open to the public, with admittance limited to available
seating. Individuals who are interested in attending the forum may pre-register
online at http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/event-registration.html.
Individuals may also contact Deandrea Wilson at 202-418-0703 regarding pre-registration.
The pre-registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. The forum also will be
streamed live at www.fcc.gov/realaudio.