An internal investigation into the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush in Cincinnati found the computer-assisted dispatching system had problems throughout the call, and the dispatcher didn't hear Plush's first comments because they were overridden by an automated 9-1-1 response. The Cincinnati City Council voted Monday for an outside investigation, and the incident is also being investigated by the Hamilton County sheriff's office and the county Prosecutor's Office.
The Pinetop-Lakeside, Ariz., Town Council approved an intergovernmental agreement to merge police dispatch services with Show Low, Ariz., which has already OK'd the plan. The Pinetop-Lakeside center has experienced staffing shortages, which it hopes to alleviate through the consolidation.
Utility companies can be "extended primary" subscribers to FirstNet to receive prioritization over consumer traffic, but won't have preemptive access unless it's granted temporarily by a public-safety user. "Extended primary subscribers are an extended community that could be called on to help support our first responders -- from the mitigation, remediation, overhaul, clean up and restoration to the provisioning of other services required during the time of an emergency or its aftermath," AT&T said.
The Anchorage, Alaska, Assembly voted to maintain an exemption for nonprofits that lets them avoid fees for excessive 9-1-1 calls near them. Homeless shelters in the area opposed the proposal to remove the exemption, saying long-term solutions are needed to address homelessness instead of charging shelters.
AT&T is testing use of its LTE network to allow pilots to guide drones out of their line of sight in San Diego and Virginia. The tests involve drone technology that can provide LTE cellular coverage after emergency situations, and AT&T plans to apply the results to FirstNet to expand technology for first responders.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., put commissioners in Columbia and Montour counties in touch with Google to address wrong addresses in Google Maps that have officials in the counties worried about responding to emergencies. Google has been given updated data, and a company representative said the time it will take to make changes depends on the vetting and processing of the data, among other things.
What, after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them.