BREAKING: CenturyLink outage impacts 9-1-1 call centers nationwide; FCC now investigating

BREAKING NEWS — Law enforcement agencies in parts of Washington, Massachusetts, Missouri, Idaho and Arizona have reported outages with their public safety communications, after an internet outage affecting CenturyLink customers impacted 9-1-1 call centers across the country this morning. The nationwide outage has prompted an investigation, which is currently ongoing, by the Federal Communications Commission….

BREAKING: Latest 9-1-1 fee report finds 10 percent of funds diverted from 9-1-1

BREAKING NEWS — The tenth annual Federal Communications Commission report looking at how fees collected for 9-1-1 have been distributed by states has found that nearly 10 percent of those funds were diverted for uses other than 9-1-1. “This is outrageous and it undermines public safety,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “When Americans pay 9-1-1…

BREAKING: Another state gains ability to text-to-911

MAINE — After months of testing, Maine has joined a limited number of states able to offer text-to-911 services. The announcement comes after the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Services Bureau had completed and tested the technology with several wireless carriers. Government Technology is reporting the service is now available through all 911 Public Safety…

Top five PSC topics to follow in 2019

NEWSLETTER: With 2018 quickly coming to a close, we can choose to either reflect on what the hot topics of 2018 were, or look ahead to 2019. We have chosen to think forward, and review the five topics we think should be given a little more scrutiny during 2019. With public safety communication (PSC) evolving…

JVC Kenwood completes purchase of 40 percent stake of Tait Communications

BREAKING — JVC Kenwood has purchased a 40 percent state in Tait Communications, in a deal that could be worth around $20 million. According to reports from Critical Communications Today, the deal was completed Dec. 10, after being announced in August. Read the story below. (http://www.criticalcomms.com/news/jvc-kenwood-tait-communications-40-stake-completion/) “The Tait Foundation announced the completion of the sale…

BREAKING: Second Colorado group requests FCC action on FirstNet interoperability concerns

COLORADO — A late November filing from a Colorado 9-1-1 authority, which includes four public-safety answering points (PSAPs) serving Boulder County, has said full interoperability is a fundamental and ubiquitous requirement for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), according to Mission Critical Communications. The Boulder Regional Emergency Telephone Service Authority (BRETSA) has asked the FCC…

COMMENTARY: Wowzer, Wowzer, Hauser

INDIANA — His review can be summed up in three words, “wowzer, wowzer, Hauser.” With that glowing endorsement it looks like a Pyramid project in Hope, IN. has gained the attention of an online stadium reviewer, after Stadium Journey visited the Hauser Gymnasium earlier this year. Pyramid Architecture, Engineering, and Consulting was hired to design…

BREAKING: AT&T CEO says FirstNet build is one-third complete, will help 5G push and increase network capacity by 50% by end of 2019

BREAKING NEWS: FirstNet announced it’s build is ahead of schedule yesterday, and added that with the help of the country’s first nationwide public safety broadband network, the entire AT&T wireless network capacity will increase over the next 14 months by around 50 percent. Read the rest of the story, reported by IWCE’s Urgent Communications, below….

Could social media be the next tool used to improve 9-1-1 operations?

SOUTH CAROLINA — Reports of first responders starting to turn to social media to improve 9-1-1 operations are making their way around the web, after several public safety agencies in South Carolina conducted a pilot project to test the use of social media data in emergency response situations earlier this year. Mission Critical Communications is…