June 28, 2017
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON FIRSTNET EX PARTE SUBMISSIONS PROPOSING INTEROPERABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE OPT-OUT REQUESTS FROM THE FIRSTNET RADIO ACCESS NETWORK
PS Docket No. 16-269 Comment Date: [10 days after FR publication]
On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a Report and Order in this docket establishing Commission procedures for administering the state opt-out process as provided under the Public Safety Spectrum Act, as well as delineating the specific two-prong statutory standard by which the Commission will evaluate state alternative plans. The Report and Order further directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to issue a Public Notice establishing an expedited comment period to allow public comment on two ex parte filings and any related filings submitted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). In the two ex parte filings, FirstNet proposes criteria for the Commission’s review of alternative state plans under the second prong of the statutory test relating to “interoperability with the nationwide public safety broadband network” (NPSBN).
In a June 5, 2017 ex parte filing, FirstNet submitted an “interoperability compliance matrix” listing proposed “FCC Evaluation Requirements” associated with specific elements of the anticipated state plan categories. FirstNet stated that the matrix “documents the technical standards that will be necessary to ensure a state or territory’s R[adio] A[ccess] N[etwork] is interoperable with the NPSBN.” In a subsequent ex parte filing on June 16, 2017, FirstNet submitted a “revised interoperability compliance matrix.” In the revised matrix, FirstNet proposes that the Commission’s review under the second statutory prong be limited to whether alternative state plans comply with recommended requirements  and  from the Interoperability Board Report. We seek comment on FirstNet’s proposal, as reflected in its June 5 and June 16 ex parte filings and any related filings, and specifically on whether and to what extent the Commission should utilize the criteria proposed by FirstNet when evaluating the interoperability of a state’s proposed RAN with the NPSBN under the second prong of the Commission’s statutory interoperability analysis.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments in PS Docket No. 16-269 on or before the date indicated on the first page of this document. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
o All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
o Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
o U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
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