October 4, 2013 2:55 PMThese are exciting times. We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing the communications industry. The convergence of increased computing power and Internet Protocol is transforming traditional services like cable and voice into Internet applications and enabling a revolution in mobile communications. As computing power and storage capacity increase, and become less expensive, the pace of change will likely accelerate. These advances have the potential to lead to increased consumer choice and better, more innovative services across a variety of platforms. They will also help local communities provide better services to their residents in more efficient and cost effective ways.
However, this transition presents serious challenges to the interests of NATOA members and all local communities. As our traditional communications services become applications running over essentially unregulated broadband networks, what will happen to the remaining public interest obligations historically associated with those services? What is the local role in an IP world? What will happen to PEG, consumer protection, ROW management and compensation? These are important questions that we must proactively address today and arrive at solutions that take local interests into account. If we fail to do so we risk allowing powerful forces to shape the future in of IP networks to the detriment of local communities.
With these issues in mind, NATOA has developed our Blueprint for Localism in Communications. This paper articulates a strong local role for communities in an all IP environment. We urge our members to read it and stay engaged and others to become part of the NATOA family so that we can have a stronger voice as the future of IP and communications policy evolves in our legislatures and at the FCC.
May 15, 2013 3:19 PM
The National 911 Program is very pleased to announce the release of “NG911: A Guide for Leaders in Law Enforcement.” This publication was designed to reach out to law enforcement leaders and provide information about the transition to NG911 and its specific benefits for the law enforcement community. Thanks to the generous support of the US DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), it will be received by every police chief and sheriff who subscribes to Police Chief and Sheriff magazines.
The 16-page publication provides high-level, relevant information about NG911 that will help bring the law enforcement community up to speed on the NG911 transition process and encourage them to participate in activities to support the implementation of NG911. An online version is available HERE.
February 26, 2013 9:48 AM
NATOA, as part of a coalition of private-sector companies and trade associations, is opposing legislation that would place restrictions on the ability of local communities to build out their own broadband networks. In a letter sent to Rep. Don Parsons, the chairman of the Georgia House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, the coalition stated that House Bill 282 “will harm both the public and private sectors, stifle economic growth, prevent the creation or retention of thousands of jobs, hamper work force development, and diminish the quality of life in Georgia.”
We thank NATOA members Jim Baller and the Georgia Municipal Association for their hard work in opposing this bill.
February 22, 2013 1:11 PM
FirstNet has announced the structure and membership of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which will be comprised of 40 representatives of public safety organizations. In establishing the membership of its PSAC, FirstNet decided to leverage the current breadth and depth of knowledge within the SAFECOM program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is funded and administered by its Office of Emergency Communications, in order to avoid creating an entirely new and potentially duplicative public safety advisory body.
“I’m pleased that FirstNet will be partnering with DHS to enable the PSAC to commence its work advising the FirstNet Board,” said FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn. “We welcome our PSAC’s ongoing input as we continue on this historic journey to build a nationwide public safety broadband network.”
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