BRETSA Petition Seeks Mandatory LTE Public Safety Interconnectivity
FCC Seeking Comments on Request Filed 11/21/2018
September 11, 2019 DA 19-902
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON PETITIONS FILED BY THE BOULDER REGIONAL EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE AUTHORITY PS Docket No. 19-254
Comment Date: September 26, 2019
Reply Comment Date: October 11, 2019
By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) seeks comment on petitions for declaratory ruling and rulemaking filed by the Boulder Regional Emergency Telephone Service Authority (BRETSA). BRETSA requests that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling and a notice of proposed rulemaking (or notice of inquiry) on the same grounds presented in a Request for Clarification previously filed by the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB).
In particular, BRETSA, pursuant to section 1.2 of the Commission’s rules, requests that the Commission issue a declaratory ruling to ensure that “interoperability is a fundamental responsibility of FirstNet and that FirstNet is supported at all levels including network, services, applications, and devices.” BRETSA, pursuant to section 1.401 of the Commission’s rules, requests that the Commission issue a notice of proposed rulemaking or notice of inquiry to address “roaming and prioritization as it applies to applications such as [push-to-talk] and [mission-critical push-to-talk], as well as other applications that will face the same issues.”
BRETSA also requests that the Commission address:
(a) The responsibility of providers other than FirstNet (i.e., providers of public safety land mobile radio (LMR) systems or services and public safety priority services offered over Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) networks) to cooperate with FirstNet in the development of interoperability solutions, and to provide full interoperability with FirstNet, LMR and other CMRS priority public safety services (subject only to technological limitations of a specific service);
(b) The issue of roaming and prioritization as applicable to LMR and other CMRS public safety priority services, and;
(c) The availability of Commission processes for dispute resolution as well as standards for dispute resolution concerning matters of interoperability, roaming and prioritization.
We seek comment on these issues and any other issues raised by the BRETSA Petitions.