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Released: March 14, 2014


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DA 14-352

March 14, 2014



GN Docket No. 13-5

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau announces a workshop on “Public Safety Imperatives for All-IP
Networks.” The 1 ½ day workshop will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, and Friday, April
18, 2014.
The workshop will bring together representatives from public safety agencies and
organizations, service providers, technology vendors, and other stakeholders to explore the
impact of the technology transition on key public safety, emergency response, and national
security functions. The workshop will seek to identify the conditions, rebuttable presumptions,
and relevant factors that are needed to ensure that core public safety values are supported in the
transition to an all IP-based infrastructure. The workshop will be comprised of four sessions that
will focus on current public safety, emergency response and national security dependencies on
legacy switched telecommunications infrastructure and challenges in four categories: (1) day-to-
day public safety operations in an all-IP world; (2) disaster preparation and responses in an all-IP
world; (3) additional risk factors from cyber exploits on commercial, public and government
networks; and (4) the impact of technology transitions on national security and federal
government systems. Participants will share their real world expertise and contribute their
individual views and analysis as to how an all-IP-based infrastructure can support a range of
public safety mission requirements. Participants will also discuss the public safety criteria that
should be applied to the technology transitions. Additional workshop details will be released
closer to the event.
The workshop will be free and open to the public and will be held in the Commission
Meeting Room (TW-C305) at FCC Headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington,
DC 20554. Individuals interested in attending this event must pre-register on-line at, where they will be asked to provide their
name, title, organization affiliation, and contact information. Individuals may also contact
Deandrea Wilson at or via phone at 202-418-0703 regarding pre-
registration. The deadline for pre-registration is

Friday, April 11, 2014


The event will be shown live at The audience will have an opportunity
to ask questions. Those who watch the live video stream of the event may email event-related
questions to Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints,
session moderators will work to respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop.
Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for
persons with disabilities are available upon request. Individuals making such requests must
include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more information.
Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail to or call
the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty)
202-418-0432 (TTY). For additional information about the workshop, please contact Priya
Shrinivasan, Associate Bureau Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau 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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