The Kari’s Law Act bill, which would require direct dialing for 911 calls made on multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) frequently used by hotels, offices and other enterprises, is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for approval.
Proposed legislation that would mandate direct dialing for 911 calls receives verbal support from lawmakers during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
Several fire-code proposals designed to support in-building LMR and LTE coverage for public-safety users recently received favorable recommendations in preparation for Fire Code Hearing Committee meeting, which will be conducted April 17-19 in Louisville.
Public-safety LTE projects funded with federal grants from the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) remain in limbo more than six weeks after Congress passed legislation calling for a five-year extension for awardees to utilize unspent BTOP funds through fiscal year 2020.
Although the initial deployment phase of its public-safety LTE system essentially is done, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) has secured a five-year extension from Congress that will let it and other Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant recipients utilize unspent funds through fiscal year 2020.
By Andrew Seybold. FirstNet’s final request for proposal (RFP) needs to structured to be friendly to commercial partner(s), because this public-safety broadband network is not a traditional federal acquisition. If FirstNet releases a request for proposal (RFP) that follows the draft RFP template, it is running a high risk of not being able to meet the mandate established by Congress.
The much-anticipated public-safety LTE network being deployed by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is on track to be completed by next week’s federal deadline, and the new system should be operational by the end of the year, according to an LA-RICS spokesman.
Most rail companies will not implement positive-train-control (PTC) technology by the end of the year, as current law requires, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week. Meanwhile, at least some rail companies say they may stop service, if Congress does not pass legislation to extend the PTC-compliance deadline, according to a letter from a top transportation official.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announces that Neil Cox and Edward Horowitz will serve as new board members for FirstNet—replacing Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina—and that Kevin McGinnis and Annise Parker have been reappointed to the board.