With 70 percent of all 911 calls now originating on a mobile phone, analog landline phones pose a major challenge for emergency communication operations in several ways, said the Federal Communications Commission's chief technology officer.
The National Telecommunications Information Administration recently issued a report outlining the federal government's progress in freeing up 500 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum for expanded wireless broadband use by 2020.
Many net neutrality supporters want the federal government to impose a "public utility style" regulation on Internet service providers to prevent them from prioritizing traffic. But Robert Litan, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institution, said that not only won't work, but it could affect other tech services in the future.
If the Federal Communications Commission can raise $10 billion in its AWS-3 auction this fall, it will consider the auction a success, said the agency in a May 19 filing.
Residents of some U.S. cities are now able to contact emergency personnel at 911 through text message. On May 16, the Federal Communications Commission-backed program went became available on a limited basis.
"What we have tried to do is to follow the court's direction, the roadmap, the blueprint, and to come up with a proposal that stops blocking, that prohibits anything that degrades a consumer's access, including prioritization," Tom Wheeler said during a House hearing.
The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
The demand for licensed spectrum has garnered much attention on the Hill and at federal agencies and departments, but it's time to give unlicensed spectrum – which has an estimated economic impact of $140 billion annually – its due, said Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
Mobile is a core part of the Federal Communications Commission's mission, and now it's also a focus for its IT shop. With 40 percent of the agency's IT systems more than 10 years old, FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray is taking a targeted look at legacy sprawl.
As part of a nationwide effort to modernize public safety communications, jurisdictions in many states have begun bringing online emergency services IP networks. However, IP connectivity – which will deliver voice, video, text and data calls to public safety answering points – present a cybersecurity challenge that PSAPs have not previously had to consider.