APCO Discusses Public Safety Priorities with FCC Leaders

On May 16 and 20, APCO met with representatives from the Offices of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners Carr, Starks, Simington, and Gomez to discuss several public safety issues. During the meetings, APCO expressed ongoing concern about the potential for interference to public safety systems in the 6 GHz band following the FCC’s action to expand access to the band for unlicensed devices. Regarding the FCC’s proposal to facilitate implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1, APCO reiterated support for rules that would require service providers to deliver IP-based 9‑1‑1 traffic to ECCs and urged the FCC to adopt interoperability requirements for the service providers. Additionally, APCO discussed the requirements for service providers to notify 9-1-1 centers about outages impacting 9-1-1 calls. Finally, APCO suggested the FCC take further action to explore additional avenues for ensuring that 9-1-1 centers receive actionable location information for wireless 9-1-1 calls in the form of dispatchable location.