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FCC Task Force to Develop 911 Planning Framework for IP-Based Platform Shift

RadioTowerFederal Communications Commission task force will develop a planning framework and scorecard to support efforts by public safety agencies to shift their 911 systems to Internet Protocol-based platforms, Urgent Communications reported Tuesday.

Donny Jackson writes the FCC’s Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Points Architecture held a webcast meeting to discuss the second phase of its effort after the release of a report earlier this year on cybersecurity, architecture transition and funding structures.

Jay English, chairman of the TFOPA cybersecurity group, told the publication meeting attendees supported the report’s focus on network security.

“We’re used to protecting data, but we’re not used to having to protect the entire enterprise, because we’ve never had to do it before,” said English.

He added education of personnel at public safety answering points can help support 911 network defense efforts, Urgent Communications said.

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