Brian Fontes, the new CEO of the National Emergency Number Association, suggested that creating a universal service fund could solve the funding woes that long have plagued the public-safety-answering-point (PSAP) sector. It’s a great idea, and long overdue.
As with most trade shows, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) annual conference included a show floor of nifty products and educational sessions featuring lively debates on hot topics. But perhaps the biggest buzz during the event revolved around Brian Fontes, who was finishing his first week as NENA’s CEO.
Although FCC officials publicly announced most aspects of the 700 MHz order in a variety of forums before the document was released, one notable surprise in the order was language stipulating representation on the public-safety licensee board of directors.