PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, December 14, 2018

On December 11, APCO Chief Counsel Jeff Cohen testified before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in regards to a law passed earlier this year, RAY BAUM’S Act, which included several public safety provisions. Cohen began by emphasizing the critical, lifesaving role of 9-1-1 professionals, noting that the federal government’s occupational classification system must be corrected to recognize these professionals’ occupations as “protective” rather than clerical. He also addressed the need for actionable 9-1-1 location information, preserving public safety spectrum, and improving resiliency and situational awareness related to network outages impacting Emergency Communications Centers.
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On December 10, APCO filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to proposed rules regarding 9-1-1 calls from multi-line telephone systems and location information for 9-1-1 calls from various technological platforms. APCO expressed support for direct dial (meaning the ability to call 9-1-1 without having to first dial an extra digit like “9” for an outside line) and urged the FCC to ensure a “dispatchable location” is delivered with every 9-1-1 call without exception.


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Officials say that in an emergency, the interference could add 20 to 30 seconds to transmission of calls between a sheriff’s deputy and the dispatch.
The Denver Post
The service is available in only about a quarter of 9-1-1 centers and APCO's Chief Counsel says federal money is necessary to expand it nationwide.
New Castle News 
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Region 13 is in the midst of a $762,600 fiber network project to enhance public safety communications.
The county will operate a center with a $1.8 million budget on behalf of nine municipalities.
The Sun Chronicle
The system can be used by the town to alert people who sign up for emergency and non-emergency messages.
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