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The purpose of the Public Safety Advisory Committee is to make recommendations that will assist the Commission’s Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC), an entity established within the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in the development of a technical framework and requirements for interoperability in order to ensure that the public safety wireless broadband network is interoperable on a nationwide basis.

Contact Info

Gene Fullano, Designated Federal Officer
Brian Hurley, Deputy Designated Federal Officer

Member List

Chair: Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Vice Chair: Eddie Reyes, Deputy Chief, Alexandria Police Department, City of Alexandria Police Department

Working Group 1: Interoperability

Chair: Jacqueline J. Miller, New Mexico
Vice Chair: Doug Aiken, IMSA; Ajit Kahaduwe, Nokia
Members: Charles Werner, SAFECOM; Charles Dowd, MCC; Harlin McEwen, IACP; Brian Fontes, NENA; Ray Lehr, NGA; Mike Beckstrand, CalEMA; Mark Grubb, Delaware; Kenneth Hughes, New Orleans; Michael Simpson, Texas DPS; Terry Sult, Sandy Springs PD; Robert Nelson, Intra-Tribal Council of California; Vonya McCann, Sprint Nextel; Art Prest, RTG

Short Term Question: What rules or policies must be implemented to ensure that public safety broadband networks are interoperable with other public safety networks, (both narrowband networks and broadband networks)?

Long Term Question: Are there best practices that should be established to enable interoperability?

Read the final report.

Working Group 2: Applications and User Requirements

Chair: Bill Schrier, City of Seattle
Vice Chair: Mark Hill, Gila River Indian Community
Members: Hugh Clements, FOP; Ray Flynn, MCSA; Richard Mirgon, APCO; Jonathan Moore, IAFF; Robert Lederman, NAEMT; Tom Sorley, NPSTC; Thomas Bretthauer, Ohio; Christopher Epps, Mississippi; Jackie Mines, Minnesota; Michael Coyne, Ericsson; Stephen Meer, Intrado

Short Term Question: In order to ensure that the public safety broadband network is interoperable on a nationwide basis, what user applications should each network be required to support?

Long Term Question: Is there an approach to ensure that over time the regulations governing the public safety broadband network stay current to meet user requirements?

Read the final report.

Working Group 3: Security and Authentication

Chair: Dennis Martinez, Harris
Vice Chair: Stacey Black, AT&T; Kenneth Zdunek, Illinois Institute of Technology
Members: Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO; Michael Cline, NEMA; John Collins, AHA; Leonard Edling, IAB; Arnold Hooper, TVRCS; Dorothy Spears-Dean, Virginia; Bob Wideman, Nevada DPS; Roger Quayle, IP Wireless; Byron Neal, Syniverse

Short Term Question: In order to ensure that the public safety broadband network is interoperable on a nationwide basis, what security and authentication features should each network be required to implement?

Long Term Question: What best practices can be adopted to ensure increased security on the public safety broadband network?

Read the final report.

Working Group 4: Network Evolution

Chair: Kenneth Budka, Alcatel-Lucent
Vice Chair: Paul Steinberg, Motorola
Members: Gary Wingrove, NEMSMA; Kenneth Boley, NASCIO; William Brownlow, ASSHTO; Patricia Cooper, SIA; Steven Cumoletti, NYS; John Lenihan, LA-RICS; Doug Mah, Washington State DIS; Brant Mitchell, Louisiana; Bradley Stoddard, MPSCS; Peter van den Berg, OWIN; Alex Coleman, Verizon Wireless; Tom Sugrue, T-Mobile; Tom Goode, ATIS.

Long Term Question: How to establish network requirements that will ensure evolution?

Read the final report.