As technology for public safety services continues to evolve, this podcast will examine not only the technology involved, but the operational challenges that will ultimately emerge as agencies adopt this new radical change enabling multimedia, and multi-modal services to citizens.
Telecom NewsBytes - 21-12-08 - FCC Emergency Broadband Fund Fraud Under Fire
A recent FCC Office of Inspector General report has flagged fraud in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The Commission said it plans to investigate and seek to recoup any funds which were distributed to unqualified households. The Commission also vowed to refer violators to its Enforcement Bureau for action. The EBV and its replacement ACP programs are designated to provide broadband subsidies in an effort to close the homework gap created from the lack of public Wi-Fi.
Telecom NewsBytes -21-12-07 - US Senate Confirms Cmmr. Rosenworcel as FCC Chairwoman
For the first time in history, the Federal Communications Commission officially gets its first woman chairperson, as Jessica Rosenworcel is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Rosenworcel has been presiding as Acting Chairwoman, but her commission was expiring triggering the need for the Senate confirmation by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Telecom NewsBytes - 21-12-06 - MD Focuses on NG911 Tech and State 1st Responders
Maryland State Sen. Kagan, leading a group of public safety experts, has released a fourth and final report last Thursday detailing what an NG911 deployment in the state must include to effectively deliver services to constituents. Not just from a technology side, but from a people resource perspective, reclassifying dispatchers as 1st Responders.
Telecom NewsBytes 21-12-03 - Consolidated Communications announces a massive 3-year Fiber Buildout
Consolidated Communications executives consider 2021 a “transformative year” for the company thanks to its partnership with Searchlight Capital Partners and its infusion of capital into the company. Another nail in the TDM coffin.
Telecom Newsbytes - 21-12-02 - AI in Public Safety - Is It Ready? Or Already Here?
Artificial intelligence is destined to be one of the most disruptive innovations that the public safety industry is likely to see. It is quickly becoming an essential component in many industries, and that includes public safety. However, these are still the nascent stages of AI adoption, and with that, come challenges. One is the so-called “black box,” problem, where human operators overseeing a system do not fully understand why the algorithms are recommending a particular action.
Telecom NewsBytes - 21-12-01 - FCC Issues Nearly $20M in Fines for 911 Outage
Wireless carrier T-Mobile has been fined over $19M for failure to connect 23,000 Emergency 911 calls during a recent network outage. In addition to leased fiber failures, software routing misconfiguration are supposedly to blame.