PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, December 6, 2019
President's Channel

Today we introduce a new feature in our eNews entitled President’s Channel. This feature will be used to communicate directly to you from the President and Executive Committee of APCO. While it will not appear every week, it will appear periodically to provide you with important and timely information that we want to deliver directly to the APCO membership. We encourage you to watch for the President’s Channel in the eNews and when it appears be sure to read it. Our first communication deals with the recent z-axis ruling by the FCC and is intended to help you better understand the APCO position. 

Tracey Hilburn 

APCO's Fight for Better 9-1-1 Location Accuracy
If you’ve been following the latest news about the FCC and 9-1-1 location accuracy, you know that 9-1-1 public safety communications suffered one of the most disappointing rule changes to come out of the FCC in recent memory. In the lead-up to the FCC’s action, APCO was very vocal that the FCC wasn’t doing what’s best for 9-1-1. I’m writing to explain APCO’s position on what we believed happened and why opinions by others differ. If you take away nothing else, please let it be this: APCO believes the FCC could and should have done better for 9-1-1 and the citizens of the United States. Continue

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Industry News
Guilford Metro 911, NC, has received Agency Training Program Certification, a Project 33® Initiative, from APCO.
The Temple University Police Department in Pennsylvania has received Agency Training Program Certification, a Project 33® Initiative, from APCO.
Chicago Tribune
A total of 21 suburban Chicago agencies have reached an intergovernmental agreement to begin tiered consolidation during the next few months.
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AT&T tests showed FIrstNet performed faster than any commercial network. The network is ahead of schedule for its nationwide coverage goals.
Daily Stock Dish
A stroke victim in Chicago didn’t know his hotel’s address but knew the name. It took 10 minutes for him to find it via Siri and relay it to telecommunicators before an ambulance could be dispatched.
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Waco Tribune-Herald
McLennan County (Texas) emergency communications centers are equipped to handle text messages and will soon adapt to field streaming video.
Government Technology
Hold times have been cut by more than three-quarters. Improvements include technology that helps coordinate multiple fire-unit dispatching and standardization of questions that public safety telecommunicators ask callers.
Mission Critical Communications
The FCC commissioner says that moving public safety customers off the T-Band spectrum cannot be paid for by auctioning off the spectrum, as called for under current law.
Mission Critical Communications
AT&T spent $850 million in the first 9 months of the year on FirstNet expansion and has more than 900,000 connections with more than 9,800 agencies.
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Bailey Johnson responds to difficult situations as a telecommunicator at Mountrail County (North Dakota) Emergency by using writing and singing as a form of therapy.
Door County Daily News
Sheriff Matt Joski said over 800 of the county’s 10,300 9-1-1 calls in 2019 were hangups. He said the total is rising with the prevalence of cell phones.
The city’s computer aided dispatch is expected to improve emergency response time and improve record keeping for the agency that receives more than 170,000 incoming calls for service, about 63,000 of which are emergency 911 calls.
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