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FCC offers public safety workshop online for technology transition

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Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau announced yesterday that in the interest of technology transitions in the telecommunications sectors and with the capability for public safety, disaster response and homeland security to remain as available as possible with the widest range of reliability in a secured condition; an online workshop will be hosted by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau starting today, April 17, 2014, on the impact of technology transition on public safety. The workshops will explore the impact of the retirement of switched telecommunication service.

The workshop will identify areas of risk associated with the planned IP Transition and determine risk factors for key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions. It will be streamed live online and will accept questions during the workshop via email at or by Twitter using the #TechTransitions hashtag.

An online discussion forums will be open beginning April 17, 2014, until close of business on May 1, 2014. Open to the public, all are invited to join the dialogue, and all comments will become part of the official record for the GN Docket No. 13-5 proceeding. The discussion will consist of three forums:
Session 1: Incident response during and after the technology transition,
Session 2: Disaster preparedness and response during and after the technology transition,
Session 3: Cyber risks to commercial, public and government networks during and after the technology transition.
Participants are invited to share their real world expertise and share their views and analysis.

Representatives from public safety agencies, service providers, technology vendors, and other stakeholders will participate in round-table discussions. It is noted that the discussion session on Friday, April 18, 2014 will be limited to invited federal interagency participant only. A public synopsis will be made available after the session.