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Tech Transitions: How Will You Know When You’re Transitioning?

August 28, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the past four weeks, we have featured a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our final post of the series below, Meredith Whipple explains what communities need to know about their new networks, why this is important, and what the FCC did about it this month.

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Tech Transitions: Will the New Network Be Good Enough?

August 21, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our fourth post below, Meredith Whipple explains what needs to be done to make sure that during the tech transitions, the new services are adequate substitutes for the old services they are replacing.

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What Happens When Your Phone Network Fails?

July 2, 2015 Network Reliability , Public Safety , Tech Transitions

Fun fact: unlike traditional copper lines, most new “land line” phone technologies don’t run on their own power. When the power goes out, so does the phone line—and your ability to call for help.

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FCC Should Ensure That Help Will Arrive For 911 Calls

September 29, 2014 E911 , FCC , Public Safety , Wireless

Public Knowledge recently wrote about a growing concern that 911 emergency services were having an alarming amount of difficulty locating callers who placed calls from indoors using mobile devices. This means that for many callers experiencing an emergency situation, help may not arrive on time.

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PK Urges FCC to Prevent Emergency Wireless Service Interruptions

May 2, 2012 Interference , Jamming , Mobile Communication , Public Safety , Radio Interference

This week, Public Knowledge, along with the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and several other public interest groups, urged the FCC to ensure that neither government agencies nor wireless providers shut down communications in an emergency.

The comments, also signed by the Benton Foundation, Free Press, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, and the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation, respond to the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry, which asked about what procedures should be followed when government wanted to shut down communications during a crisis.

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