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Released: April 11, 2014


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DA 14-493

April 11, 2014



GN Docket No. 13-5

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides an initial agenda and session participant
information (subject to change) for the workshop on “Public Safety Imperatives for All-IP Networks”
scheduled for April 17, 2014 and April 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. This workshop was previously
announced on March 14, 20141 and will explore the impact of the technology transition on key public
safety, emergency response, and national security functions.


Day 1: Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

David G. Simpson

, Rear Admiral (Ret.) USN, Chief, Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), FCC
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Overview of FCC Technology Transition Order

Henning Schulzrinne

, Chief Technology Officer, FCC
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 1: Incident Response During and After the Technology

This session will discuss communications requirements for public safety
incident response in an all-IP-based infrastructure. Session participants
will address incident scenarios that involve multiple 911
communications, dispatch and mutual aid, coordination of multi-
functional and multi-jurisdictional response, and issuance of public
alerts and warnings.

1 FCC Announces Workshop on Technology Transitions and Public Safety, Public Notice, GN Docket No.
13-5, DA 14-352 (rel. March 14, 2014).


David Furth

, Deputy Chief, PSHSB, FCC
Session Participants:

Robert Bunge

, National Weather Service

John Chiaramonte

, Mission Critical Partners

Michael Ernst

, AT&T Mobility Services LLC

Bill Ferretti

, Montgomery County, MD

Trey Forgety

, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Terry Hall

, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials
(APCO) International

Brian Josef

, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA)

Jason Lagria

, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Timothy Lorello

, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)

Richard Muscat

, Bexar Metro 911 Network District (Austin, TX)

Richard Ray

, City of Los Angeles, Department on Disability, Disability
Access and Services

John Snapp

, Intrado, Inc.

Thomas Sorley

, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council

Dorothy Spears-Dean

, Virginia Information Technologies Agency and
National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA)

Petr Valkoun

, Commnet Wireless

Wade Witmer

, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session 2: Disaster Preparedness and Response During and After
the Technology Transition

This session will examine the challenges that disasters and emergencies
bring to an all-IP-based infrastructure and to the operational procedures
for each stakeholder. Session participants will discuss IP-based
capabilities that can assist with disaster response and life-saving
activities, as well as how the transition to IP infrastructure affects
restoration of communications services.


Eric Panketh

, Chief, Operations and Emergency Management Division,
Session Participants:

Tony Bardo

, Hughes Network Systems

Kevin Breault


Kenneth C. Budka

, Alcatel-Lucent

Michael Ernst

, AT&T Mobility Services LLC

Trey Forgety

, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Ronald Hewitt

, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of
Homeland Security (DHS)

Steven Johnson

, Johnson Telecom, LLC

Brian Josef

, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA)

Brent Lee

, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials
(APCO) International

Barry Luke

, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council

Joel Margolis

, Subsentio

Rosa Mendoza

, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications

Richard Ray,

City of Los Angeles, Department on Disability, Disability
Access and Services

Dorothy Spears-Dean

, Virginia Information Technologies Agency and
National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA)

Kelly Williams

, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Jeff Wittek

, Cassidian
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Session 3: Cyber Risks to Commercial, Public and Governmental
Networks During and After the Transition

This session will examine the challenges that cyber exploits pose for
public safety communications and operations. Session participants will
be presented with various scenarios positing different types of cyber
exploits that could disrupt emergency communications and operations in
an all-IP environment.


Jeffery Goldthorp

, Associate Chief, PSHSB, FCC
Session Participants:

Mark Adams

, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Jefferson England

, Silver Star Communications

Patrick Flynn

, McAfee, Inc.

Trey Forgety

, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Mike Gordon

, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Robert Mayer

, USTelecom

Phil Roberts

, The Internet Society

Brian Rosen

, Neustar, Inc.

Richard Shockey

, SIP Forum

John Wright

, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials
(APCO) International
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks


Session 4: Technology Transition and National Security/Federal Government Systems

This session will discuss the impact of the transition on Federal programs and systems, including
readiness, reliability, and remediation. Due to the sensitivity of the matter under discussion, this session
will be limited to invited federal interagency participants and closed to the public. However, a public
synopsis of the session will be made available after the event.



The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the public sessions of the
workshop over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at

Reasonable Accommodations:

Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable
accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such
accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to or by calling the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (tty). Such requests should
include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a way the FCC
can contact you if it needs more information. Please allow as much advance notice as possible; last-
minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.


Members of the public are invited to attend all sessions on April 17, 2014. The session on
April 18, 2014 will be closed to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30 minutes
prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process. Individuals interested
in attending this event must pre-register online at
The deadline for pre-registration has been extended to

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

. The FCC will attempt
to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however admittance will be limited to seating availability.


The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. We will also be accepting questions
on issues presented during the public session discussions via email at and Twitter
by using “#TechTransitions” hashtag. Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints,
session moderators will work to respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop.

Online Forum:

During and after the workshop, we want to keep the conversation going. To facilitate
ongoing dialogue between interested parties, we will host an online discussion forum that can be accessed
through the FCC event page at
beginning April 17, 2014. Anyone is welcome to join the dialogue, and all comments will become part of
the official record for the GN Docket No. 13-5 proceeding. The forum will be open for comments until
close of business on May 1, 2014. We look forward to your contributions.
Comments, reply comments, and ex parte submissions will be available for public inspection during
regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications
Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., CY-A257, Washington, D.C., 20554. These documents will also be
available via the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Documents will be available
electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe Acrobat. To request information in accessible
formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).


Updates to the agenda, as well as session materials will be available on the workshop’s event
page at
For additional information about the workshop, please contact Priya Shrinivasan, Associate Chief,
PSHSB, at (202) 418-7005 or by email: For media inquiries, please contact
Rochelle Cohen at (202) 418-1162 or by email:
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