AT&T Execs Ask FCC to Dismiss BRETSA Petitions
Monday, January 27, 2020 | Comments

Three AT&T executives held two meetings with FCC staff last week, encouraging the commission to dismiss the petitions filed by the Boulder Regional Emergency Telephone Service Authority (BRETSA) calling for interoperability and FCC oversight of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Michael Goggin, general attorney for AT&T; Carrie Johnson, director of strategy and policy, FirstNet, Built with AT&T; and Brian Benison, director of AT&T, met with Zenji Nakazawa, public-safety and consumer protection adviser to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and Erin McGrath, legal adviser, wireless, public safety and international for Commissioner Michael O’Reilly.

“In both meetings, the discussion primarily concerned the tremendous progress that FirstNet and AT&T, working as the private partner in the public-private partnership, have made towards accomplishing the statutory mission of deploying the nationwide, public-safety broadband network,” the filing said. “In the course of that discussion, AT&T encouraged the commission to dismiss the petitions filed in the above-referenced proceeding by the BRETSA for the reasons already stated on the record by FirstNet and AT&T.”

In 2018, BRETSA petitioned the FCC to issue a ruling that clarifies that full interoperability is a responsibility of FirstNet and to open a proceeding to develop appropriate interoperability standards. Several public-safety jurisdictions have filed comments agreeing with BRETSA.

The ex parte filing is here.

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