FCC Dismisses Colorado’s FirstNet Interoperability Request
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Comments

The FCC dismissed a request for clarification filed by the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB), which was followed by a filing by the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information and Technology Broadband Office to ignore the request.

A Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request found First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T executives pressured Colorado state employees following the first filing and promoted the second filing.

On July 6, CPSBGB filed a request for clarification asking that the FCC issue a declaratory ruling to “clarify that ensuring interoperability is a fundamental responsibility of FirstNet, and that FirstNet must ensure that interoperability is supported at all levels, including network, services, applications, and devices,” among other requests. On July 12, Verizon filed a letter in support of the request. Two regional wireless carriers also supported the Colorado request.

A July 13 letter from Brian Shepherd, then Colorado’s chief operating officer (COO) of the Colorado Broadband Office, requested, on behalf of CPSBGB, that the commission “not take any further action on this matter at this time.” The Colorado Broadband Office said that it “will work collaboratively with the CPSBGB and FirstNet to resolve the concerns raised regarding interoperability and ensure that the Colorado first responder community has access to a state-of-the-art communications system.”

Shepherd left his position with the state of Colorado in October.

“… This ongoing collaboration indicates that the interoperability issues identified in the request have not crystallized into a controversy or uncertainty that warrants commission resolution through a declaratory ruling,” the FCC’s ruling said. “Thus, we dismiss the request as premature because ongoing events may alter Colorado’s interest in, and asserted need for, the requested relief.”

The commission found the filings by other parties supporting the request to be moot.

“If other parties have concerns that they believe warrant commission action, they may petition accordingly,” the FCC said. The full order is here.

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On 10/31/18, NYRadio said:
Unreal state of the art huh? It's cellphone service — get over it. I guess the people who smelled the BS got silenced real quickly.


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