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June 2013 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference

JUN 4 – 6, 2013 (Westminster, CO) — The PSCR program hosted its latest PSBB Stakeholder Conference. The three-day conference (sessions and presentations), which had over 500 attendees, brought together representatives from public safety, Federal agencies, industry, and academia. Participants learned about recent work efforts related to the build out of the NPSBN as well as test results from the PSCR program’s PSBB 700-MHz Band 14 Demonstration Network.

Conference attendees benefitted from the decision of the FirstNet Board to locate their June Board Meeting at the conference hotel the morning of June 4. The FirstNet Board Meeting was webcast live into the PSCR Conference Room. Immediately following the Board Meeting, PSCR kicked off its PSBB Stakeholder Conference with a keynote address from FirstNet Chairman, Sam Ginn. Ginn reinforced the importance of FirstNet outreach to ensure that the NPSBN meets the needs of public safety.

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The conference provided an opportunity for FirstNet Board members and their technical staff to inform stakeholders about current FirstNet efforts, as well as provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback to FirstNet, PSCR, DHS, NTIA, and other partners. Conference topics included:

  • Current PSCR efforts in the areas of:

o PSBB Demonstration Network test results

o Recent public safety broadband requirements gathering and standards development activities

o Public safety broadband security

o Nationwide broadband modeling and simulation efforts and results being conducted by NIST

  • NTIA, DHS, and FirstNet updates in the areas of:

o Update on the NTIA SLIGP

o DHS OEC Stakeholder Technical Assistance Program

o FirstNet and the PSAC

In addition, subject matter and industry experts presented on some of the most pressing and important technical PSBB communications topics. Significant time was dedicated to topic-specific Q&A as well as a dedicated Q&A session informed by a pre-conference questionnaire that facilitated informative discussion and feedback opportunity for participants.

» Conference agenda, speaker bios, and slide decks

» Attendee list

Related PSCR press items:

Jun 6, 2013 — “UK seeks to replace TETRA with LTE as early as 2016” (PSCR’s Andrew Thiessen is quoted from the PSBB Stakeholder Conference’s June 5 Public Safety Broadband Requirements session), Urgent Communications.

Jun 11, 2013 — “Global Ecosystem for Public-Safety LTE Begins to Look Realistic” (mentions PSCR’s June 2013 PSBB Stakeholder meeting), Urgent Communications.

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