The battle over LightSquared’s proposed wholesale network offering is as critical as it is contentious. Increased competition in the commercial wireless sector and the ability of GPS devices to function properly hang in the balance — as do the billions of dollars that have been invested in LightSquared thus far. But it also could be the lynchpin that forces a thorough and long-overdue examination of the federal government’s approach to spectrum policy.
The “Public Safety Communications Evolution” reiterates four key messages that elected officials and policymakers at all levels should keep in mind when making important policy decisions related to public-safety communications.
When interference or other problems arise post-licensing, frequency advisory committees are required by the commission’s rules to get involved. Helping to resolve these post-licensing conflicts is an important, non-compensated part of a frequency coordinator’s responsibility. The coordinator’s involvement can take a variety of forms, too numerous for discussion in this article.
Jose Vazquez, director of fire-responder technologies for the DHS S&T, explains the mock earthquake exercise’s goals, how Virtual USA was used and lessons learned, including the importance of using databases to capture and disseminate information.
Exactly what public safety’s requirements are for peer-to-peer communications is something that hasn’t been completely defined to date, and it’s a “conversation that needs to happen,” said Emil Olbrich, lead project engineer for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program.