NPSTC Forms 2 New Broadband Task Forces (7/21/14)
Monday, July 21, 2014 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is seeking volunteers to serve on two new task groups supporting the Broadband Working Group (BBWG).

The priority and quality of service (QoS) group will review and refresh the 2012 NPSTC priority and QoS document. Co-chairs include Trent Miller and David Buchanan assisted by John Powell. The local control group will review and refresh the 2012 NPSTC local control document. Co-chairs are Tom Hengeveld and Steve Devine.

The two new task groups will replace the work of the larger BBWG statement of requirements (SoR) quantitative task group, which has been meeting since last year. Following a meeting with officials from NPSTC, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR), it was determined that the task should pause its work in the launch SoR quantitative update. That team had examined more than 400 public-safety requirements and flagged more than 100 of them to be updated with a quantitative measurement.

NPSTC said it realized that it would take almost a year to fully revise the launch document and that FirstNet would benefit from having smaller groups work on specific projects instead of updating the entire document. The local control and priority/QoS groups are a product of that discussion.

These two groups will be a collaboration of input from industry and public safety. Full details on charter, mission statement and timeline will be provided. The main focus will be to:

• Use the original 2012 NPSTC report on local control or separate 2012 report on priority and QoS as a baseline.

• Examine the 2012 reports to flag any area that should be refreshed to reflect new information, technology or approach.

• Examine recent presentations and publications to identify emerging issues that should be addressed, including new capabilities.

• Develop some updated use cases to explain options or recommended requirements.

• Identify any existing or new technology areas that should be recommended for lab or field testing or identify areas that need further study.

If you are interested in participating with either group, sign up by Aug. 1 using the NPSTC volunteer registration form at

In the coming weeks, NPSTC will add two additional groups:

An LTE deployables task group, led by the Canadian Centre for Security Science, will examine Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployable assets and how they will operate along the U.S./Canadian border.

A bi-national cross-border communications working group will study voice and data communications interoperability along the U.S./Canadian border.

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