Sunday, January 31, 2010

FCC to Hold Public Forum

The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau plans to hold a public forum to discuss how and whether to create an emergency response interoperability center to deal with public safety broadband communications. The meeting will be held on February 10, 2010 at the FCC.

This meeting is being held in response to public comments that the FCC received as part of the National Broadband Plan proceedings. This forum will examine ways that an emergency response interoperability center could be set up to develop common standards and be able to provide interoperability and operating procedures. This will help public safety licensees that are authorized to construct, operate, and use the nationwide wireless broadband network.

The forum will address how an interoperability center could help resolve interoperability-related disputes between public safety entities, establish standards for commercial providers to expand public safety’s access to broadband services across the nation, and ensure that grant funds are used efficiently.

For more information, contact Susan McLean at (202 418-7868 or by email at