May Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1. April 28th, 2011

It really is black and white; politics don't belong in Public Safety.TM - EMR Emissions


A Message from EMR

We are thrilled to bring you the first issue of our monthly newsletter, and hope you gain some valuable insight from its content. The first two issues will be sent to our current contacts, so if you are receiving this we thank you for being a valued part of our network! Interoperability has been at the forefront of conversation in Public Safety communications, and for good reason. In times of need, during largescale emergencies, the job is just too large for one entity to handle. Calling upon other resources and support from others is paramount in the event of disaster. The same principle applies regarding networking and the sharing of information within the industry.

The purpose of this publication is to connect our Public Safety clients and colleagues within the industry. It offers news highlights from the past month, as well as an overview for what's to come in May. Public Safety is about serving others, and in the workplace (as well as in life), we must help others to help ourselves. This newsletter is for your benefit, and we would love to hear your feedback on any aspect of it! If you would like to continue receiving this newsletter after the second issue, subscribe now by emailing with "Subscribe" as the subject.



Featured Articles

TETRA Granted, FCC Begins Rulemaking Process The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order Tuesday to modify rules permitting the certification and use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) equipment. TETRA is spectrally efficient digital technology, but it does not comply with all Part 90 technical rules... read more

LightSquared Under Scrutiny for GPS Interference Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) published a letter on April 14th requesting support from their colleagues to ask the FCC to take more responsibility for the controversial LightSquared network that reportedly causes interference and even blockage of GPS signals... read more

Smaller Operators Push for Interoperability Subscribers of commercial wireless providers are now legally entitled to the ability to roam on other carriers' networks, thanks to last week's FCC ruling. A ruling on the issue of 700 MHz equipment interoperability has yet to be made, however... read more

APCO Global Alliance Formally Supports LTE Public Safety delegates from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific voted to formally support LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology as the leading standard in 4G technology in a policy statement known as 4th Generation (4G) Broadband Technologies for Emergency Services. This decision took place at the meeting of APCO's Global Alliance in London, England... read more

Broadband Regulation and Spectrum Allocation As Andrew Seybold wrote in his comments to the FCC, building a nationwide, interoperable broadband network will require additional spectrum to be dedicated to Public Safety. Many voices share this stance, including that of the most recent Radio Resource article on broadband spectrum... read more

We regret to report that Arthur McDole passed away on April 13, 2011 at the age of 93. He was a leader in our industry and will be missed.




May Events Calendar (see full size)

Sunday, May 1-- FCC Open Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 5-- Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 8-- Mother's Day

Monday, May 16-18-- Public Safety Broadband Summit & Expo

Tuesday, May 17-- APCO Leadership in Policy Awards

Wednesday, May 18-- APCO Technology Roundtable

Sunday, May 29-- John F. Kennedy's Birthday

Monday, May 30-- Memorial Day

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"Quote of the Month"

"Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help they can get."

-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)



About EMR Consulting, Inc.

EMR Consulting is dedicated to assisting public safety agencies in FCC licensing, system design, frequency selection, and vendor relationships. With more than 20 years of experience, we offer a vitally insightful viewpoint to assure that internal processes are working to provide agencies the best telecommunications system in the most effective manner. Driven by our primary priority of Public Safety, we advocate tirelessly to keep politics out of the equation. Visit and contact us to discover how we solve your immediate telecommunications issues and help you achieve your long term goals.