911 Industry Alliance

Program

iCERT Committees

Policy Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Policy Committee is to examine and recommend for board and/or association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting emergency response technologies. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to association staff on matters of policymaking;
  • Recommending action to the Board of Directors;
  • Working with iCERT member companies' legislative staff as needed; and
  • Working to resolve inter-association policy conflicts – where appropriate and necessary – to help ensure synergy with leading public safety associations' policy opinions, when not in direct conflict with industry approaches.

Membership Outreach Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Membership Outreach Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions regarding member recruitment and member service topics to the iCERT Board of Directors. Additionally, this Committee works in concert with the iCERT Governance Committee in the latter's role of maintaining and managing changes to the Bylaws as approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of member services to the Board of Directors
  • Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving member recruitment
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors pertaining to matters of member dues
  • Work in conjunction with iCERT staff on direct recruitment efforts and iCERT promotion

Governance Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Governance Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions to the iCERT Board of Directors regarding governance topics. Additionally, the Governance Committee will serve as custodians of iCERT Bylaws, maintaining the document and managing changes to the Bylaws that are approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Maintain the iCERT Bylaws keeping them an accurate reflection of the organization
  • Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving corporate governance
  • Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of governance to the Board of Directors
  • Serve in a role regarding succession planning for the organization

 

iCERT Working Groups

Public Safety Broadband Interoperability Working Group

Charge:
Background: In 2017 FirstNet awarded a contract to a commercial provider to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for use by first responders and to perform other duties that would support the development and use of broadband services, devices, and applications by federal, state and local public safety agencies. Questions have arisen about how the establishment of this network by FirstNet will affect the public safety communications marketplace and competition for services, networks, devices, and applications. As the association that is "the voice of the commercial sector in the emergency response technologies field," iCERT must act to ensure that robust competition continues and that the public safety community benefits from an open and interoperable ecosystem.

The Public Safety Broadband Interoperability Working Group (PSBIWG) is established to examine relevant issues and recommend for iCERT Board and/or Association action, parameters for supporting an open and interoperable ecosystem that will continue to promote continued robust competition in all aspects of the public safety communications marketplace including services, network equipment, devices, and applications. This Working Group has no formal approval role.

Initially, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Develop a comprehensive list of recommendations that would facilitate interoperability of public safety communications across different networks, services, and applications (e.g., Push to Talk).
  • Develop public policy recommendations that will promote competition and an open and interoperable public safety communications and solutions marketplace.
  • Subject to further direction from the iCERT Board, the Working Group will develop a plan for implementing approved recommendations.

NG911 Conformance Review Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the NG911 Conformance Review Working Group is to examine relevant issues and recommend for iCERT Board and/or Association action, parameters for establishing an official Industry Council program and related positions on conformance issues associated with NG911 technologies as a key factor in the emergency calling and response continuum, in relation to established and/or yet-to-be-formed standards for delivery of NG911 services, systems and networks. This Working Group has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Reviewing accepted and burgeoning standards and practices in NG911 technology;
  • Working with a standards development organization to provide industry input and guidance for establishing a conformance program in partnership with a recognized authority; and
  • Recommending any necessary commensurate actions to the iCERT Board of Directors.

Convergence and Innovation Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the Convergence and Innovation Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting matters related to the ubiquitous, unified nature of emergency communications and response technologies, now and into the future. The Working Group has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of convergence and innovation policy; and
  • Recommending action to the Policy Committee.

Emergency Communications Resource (ECR) Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the Emergency Communications Resource Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting funding of emergency calling and response technology systems and networks. The Working Group has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of emergency communications resource policy; and
  • Recommending action to the Policy Committee.

Targeted States Campaign Overview:
The iCERT Targeted States Campaign is a state-by-state program in support of efforts to secure and protect 911 funding in all its forms. Working in conjunction with state and local officials, the Campaign provides much needed resources to initiate, maintain, and/or bring to fruition state-level efforts to ensure that emergency calling is properly resourced.

Campaign Premise:
Absent proper levels of adequate, stable and foreseeable funding for emergency calling, America's 911 system breaks down. Public safety officials become unable to maintain the equipment and services they need in order to provide safety at the level the public deserves and expects. When properly resourced, however, public safety agencies and the enterprises that support their critical work are able to provide to the public the crucial life-saving services our citizens, residents and visitors require.

iCERT will:

  • Engage state and local government and non-governmental partners,
  • Craft and disseminate tailored educational pieces, and
  • Convene partners and other officials to address key concerns.

Measures of Campaign Success:

  1. Shifts in norms - reduced state reliance on 911 funding for unrelated matters.
  2. Strengthened organizations - general increase in 911 agency budgets due to regular transfer of dedicated funding.
  3. Improved policies - states amending regulations and/or administrative practices to ensure flow of funding.
  4. Specific impacts - key examples of properly repositioned funding.

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