The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau's (PSHSB) Chief Engineer, Bill Lane, regularly provides installments of Tech Topics on subjects of interest to public safety communities such as First Responders, Hospitals and Health Care Providers, 9-1-1 Services/PSAPs, government partners, industry, and the general public.

These technical discussions are intended to provide fundamental public safety information and provoke thought and potential interaction with PSHSB regarding the principles of telecommunications and applications of these principles in public safety or emergency situations.

The mention of any specific system, manufacturer, or vendor is not intended to be an endorsement by the FCC, but simply as exemplary of the topic being discussed.

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About the Author

Bill Lane
Dr. Bill Lane, PSHSB

Bill Lane is the Chief Engineer and Acting Chief of the Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division of the Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, he serves as the senior advisor to the Bureau Chief and Deputy Bureau Chiefs on all engineering and technical matters relating to the roles and missions of the Bureau.

He holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA from Long Island University, and a BS from the US Military Academy. Mr. Lane is also a graduate of the US Army War College, a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

Prior to joining the FCC in 2000, he completed a career as a US Army Signal Corps Officer culminating with the rank of Colonel. Before his current position, Dr. Bill Lane held several FCC positions: Associate Chief of the Policy and Rules Division in the Office of Engineering and Technology, Senior Engineer in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and Chief Technologist in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

We welcome comments regarding our Tech Topics or suggestions for future Topics. Please feel free to email any comments or suggestions on Tech Topics to Bill Lane at