Nominations for FCC’s PSAP Architecture Task Force Due Nov. 7 (10/13/14)
Monday, October 13, 2014 | Comments

The FCC is seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership on the Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Architecture (TFOPA).

The FCC enacted the task force in August to study and report findings and recommendations on PSAP structure and architecture to determine whether additional consolidation of PSAP infrastructure and architecture improvements would promote greater efficiency of operations, safety of life and cost containment, while retaining needed integration with local first responder dispatch and support. The commission directed that the task force include representatives from state, local and tribal authorities.

The FCC intends to establish the task force for two years, tentatively planned to commence in November 2014 through November 2016. The task force will present its initial findings and recommendations to the commission no later than April 30, 2015. Nominations and expressions of interest for membership must be submitted to the FCC by Nov. 7, 2014.

The duties of TFOPA will be to study and report findings and recommendations on the following issues:

1. Optimal PSAP system and network configuration in terms of emergency communications efficiency, performance and operations functionality;

2. Cost projections for conversion to and annual operation of PSAPs that incorporate such optimal system design;

3. Comparative cost projections for annual maintenance of all existing PSAPs annually and upgrading them to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1);

4. Recommendations on ways to ensure states use enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) funds for their intended purpose; and

5. Whether states that divert E9-1-1 funds should be ineligible to participate on various FCC councils, committees and working groups.

More information is available in the public notice.

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