Wis. planning for NG9-1-1 implementation | Company closure could restrict Vt. rural residents' ability to call 9-1-1 | Tenn. county moves forward with three 9-1-1 director candidates
March 20, 2018
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Wis. planning for NG9-1-1 implementation
The Wisconsin state budget includes $6.7 million for the planning and development of next-generation 9-1-1 capabilities in the state. Denise Nash, Communications Manager for the Portage County Sheriff's Office, said she thinks the implementation will take five to seven years.
WKOW-TV (Madison, Wis.) (3/16) 
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Company closure could restrict Vt. rural residents' ability to call 9-1-1
Vanu CoverageCo, which expanded cellphone service in rural Vermont areas, could dissolve in days and is expected to discontinue its service. A lawmaker has raised concerns that if that happens, people in rural areas may be unable to make emergency calls.
VTDigger (Vermont) (3/16) 
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iconectiv Now Provides Phone Number ID Service
Law enforcement and public safety agencies that need to know the service provider for ported telephone numbers will now get that information from iconectiv. The online and telephone services transitioned to iconectiv March 4. Learn more about what it means for your agency.
Policy Pulse
Vt. regional 9-1-1 board to begin planning after vote
The board of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority met to begin developing a plan for a regional communications service after voters in Montpelier and Barre, Vt., passed the authority's budget. The board will provide a plan for consolidated 9-1-1 services to the communities by November.
The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.) (3/16) 
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Report: Sexism not a problem at Fairfax County, Va., fire department
Officials in Fairfax County, Va., have examined practices and policies in the county's fire department following complaints of sexism and say that, although cultural and communications issues exist, gender bias is not a problem there.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)/The Washington Post (3/14) 
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Minneapolis wants to revise bodycam guidelines to ensure more recordings
The number of videos recorded by police body cameras in Minneapolis began to decrease between October and December 2017, and the police department has drafted new guidelines to address the issue. The new rules will require officers to keep cameras on at the beginning of their shifts and ensure proper categories and case numbers to avoid videos being lost or deleted by mistake.
Minnesota Public Radio (3/18) 
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Innovation Insights
Software-based approach offers cost savings for FirstNet
Panelists at IWCE 2018 agreed the FirstNet build-out would likely be impossible without the cost and operational savings provided by software-centric networking advances. Technologies such as network function virtualization and software-defined networking allow carriers to decouple software and hardware functions, which is cost effective and provides flexibility.
Urgent Communications (3/14) 
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