Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Can the Electric Utilities play in the Public Safety Broadband initiative being led by the FirstNet Board?


There has been a lot of noise defining the Priority (1-3) users of the PSBN and who the residing members can be within those priority schemes. In order to help clear things up I would propose the following that can be found in the legislation already signed by the President back in January.

The primary question I will cover is whether or not a Utility, or Electric Cooperative, is a “Public Safety Services” organization, but the same can be construed for any related State entity that falls beyond the typical realm of “First Responder”. Those entities may be Transportation, Utilities, Forestry, Agriculture, Land Management, etc..

Per the legislation itself it is clear to see that the inclusion of these entities has already been written into the legislation.
Through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) became Public Law 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012). It states in section (27) PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES —The term ‘‘public safety services’’—
(A) has the meaning given the term in section 337(f) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 337(f)); and
(B) includes services provided by emergency response providers, as that term is defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101).

In short, section 337(f) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC), it states under sub-section
(f) Definitions: The term ‘‘public safety services’’ means services-

(A) The sole or principal purpose of which is to protect the safety of life, health, or property;
(B) That are provided-
(i) by State or local government entities;
or
(ii) by non-governmental organizations
that are authorized by a governmental entity whose primary mission is the provision 
of such services; and

(C) That are not made commercially available to the public by the provider
The Law Flow Diagram by Scott Foster

So in closing, it would be nice to hear some clarification by the FirstNet Board that addresses these players in more light. Why is this important? It’s important because these State entities, most selectively the Utilities and Electric Cooperatives alone, cover more than 80% of the geographic landmass of the United States with advanced communication solutions and are deep into the thrills of deploying the latest and greatest. They are coming to realize that they need FirstNet as much as FirstNet needs them. It’s a great opportunity – one that would be too costly to avoid. If FirstNet wants to create a great LTE broadband solution for Public Safety then it needs to bring these organizations into the fold…. officially. The best way to bring them into the fold is via a sound business model that is executed at the State level and within the confines of a sound Public Private Partnership.  

Everyone of these lights in this image below requires power. Everywhere there is power communications is needed. That looks like a pretty good footprint to me. And when those lights go out...who are the first people the First Responders call to help?





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1 comment:

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Can the Electric Utilities play in the Public Safety Broadband initiative being led by the FirstNet Board?

There has been a lot of noise defining the Priority (1-3) users of the PSBN and who the residing members can be within those priority schemes. In order to help clear things up I would propose the following that can be found in the legislation already signed by the President back in January.

The primary question I will cover is whether or not a Utility, or Electric Cooperative, is a “Public Safety Services” organization, but the same can be construed for any related State entity that falls beyond the typical realm of “First Responder”. Those entities may be Transportation, Utilities, Forestry, Agriculture, Land Management, etc..

Per the legislation itself it is clear to see that the inclusion of these entities has already been written into the legislation.
Through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) became Public Law 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012). It states in section (27) PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES —The term ‘‘public safety services’’—
(A) has the meaning given the term in section 337(f) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 337(f)); and
(B) includes services provided by emergency response providers, as that term is defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101).

In short, section 337(f) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC), it states under sub-section
(f) Definitions: The term ‘‘public safety services’’ means services-

(A) The sole or principal purpose of which is to protect the safety of life, health, or property;
(B) That are provided-
(i) by State or local government entities;
or
(ii) by non-governmental organizations
that are authorized by a governmental entity whose primary mission is the provision 
of such services; and

(C) That are not made commercially available to the public by the provider

Moto

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