Charles Werner

Public safety needs to avoid making a deal with the devil
There is little question that the wireless broadband network being contemplated would take public-safety communications into a bright new future. However, there also is little question that the wireless broadband network isn't going to reach everybody.
Let’s come together on social media
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate established the Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG). Members interface with their colleagues and other subject-matter experts to examine common first-responder issues.
McEwen must stay
Last month the editor of Urgent Communications, Glenn Bischoff, endorsed the leadership of Chief Harlin McEwen as chairman of the Public Safety Spectrum
Network's Viabilty Will Hingeon Type, Cost of Access
Since the first attempt to create a nationwide broadband network for public safety, the FCC has strived to strike a more precise balance between the interests
Divided we fail
The D Block spectrum will be combined with 10 MHz of public-safety spectrum to create a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders.
The Intelligibility Factor
A little over a year ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs received several concerns regarding the operation of digital radios in high-noise
Stutter Steps
If I look back at where I came from, beginning in the fire service 34 years ago, we had large portables that were like bricks. They were very simple,
FCC chief: Better days lie just ahead
I recently spoke with Derek Poarch, chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, who made it clear that he believes it is wholly unproductive to place blame regarding the current state of the 800 MHz reconfiguration project
It's a bright day for public safety
In late July, the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision regarding the creation of a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety to be included as part of the 700 MHz auction
Public/private partnership is needed
On Feb. 8, I testified before a Senate committee as a representative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and APCO, to support the passage
Is public safety ready for radio over IP?
I have been listening to the arguments over whether voice over IP technology or radio over IP (RoIP) as it is also known should be used in conjunction
Congress is getting ahead of itself on backup systems
Following Hurricane Katrina, there were many news reports that indicated New Orleans' public-safety communications had failed
Public-safety communications: What if?
Nextel's iDEN network should be used as a primary public-safety communications system. Now that I have your attention, let's talk
800 MHz Interference: A Reflective Review
Nextel: done. Recanting the wireless carrier's long-time slogan is fitting for the occasion

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