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WASHINGTON, DC—The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International met recently with wireless service providers in St. Paul, MN. It continues a series of partnership sessions the Project LOCATE Team has conducted with the wireless service providers that were involved in the location data accuracy and consistency assessment at selected PSAP Service Areas across the country. Based upon the “snapshot” of Phase II deployed systems, tested across the country, the Project LOCATE Team will meet with the Wireless Service Providers in an effort to formalize the Effective Practices that PSAP Managers and the 9-1-1 Authorities Having Jurisdiction can engage in to maximize the actual performance of deployed Phase II systems’ location data delivered to the PSAP. In other news, APCO recently expressed its support of Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) announcement of a plan to introduce legislation that would reallocate spectrum for a nationwide public safety broadband network to promote interoperability. “APCO International is very pleased Senator McCain has supported this important initiative,” APCO International President Wanda McCarley said. “We encourage other members of Congress to stand behind this initiative as well.” APCO International has expressed its support for the proposed plan to reallocate 30 MHz of additional spectrum from the 700 MHz band to a Public Safety Broadband Trust to construct and operate a nationwide broadband network to address public safety communications requirements. n

Published in Public Safety IT, Jan/Feb 2007

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