[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 100 (Thursday, May 23, 2002)]
[Pages 36158-36159]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-12937]



National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket No. 020515123-2123-01]
RIN 0660-XX15

Notice, Public Safety Communications Interoperability Summit

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


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SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) and the Public Safety Wireless Network (PSWN) Program will co-
host a two-day summit on Current and Emerging Solutions to Public 
Safety Communications Interoperability, on June 11-12, 2002. The summit 
will be open to the public. The purpose of the interoperability summit 
is to educate the public about current and emerging technologies that 
will help to address wireless communications interoperability 
challenges faced by public safety land mobile radio communications 

DATES: The Interoperability Summit will be held from 7 a.m-4 p.m. on 
Tuesday, June 11, 2002, and from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m on Wednesday, June 12, 

ADDRESSES: The meetings will take place at the Ronald Reagan 
International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, 
DC. Meetings on both days are open to the public. Seating is limited 
and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For updated 
information, a copy of the agenda and audio webcasting information, 
please refer to NTIA's webpage at http://www.ntia.doc.gov or PSWN's 
webpage at http://www.pswn.gov. Directions to the Ronald Reagan 
International Trade Center and meeting room locations can also be 
accessed through the Trade Center's webpage at http://www.itcdc.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Derrick Owens, Office of Spectrum 
Management, NTIA, telephone (202) 482-1920, or electronic mail: 
[email protected]; or Richard Orsulak, Public Safety Program, NTIA, 
telephone (202) 501-5487, or electronic mail: [email protected]. 
Media inquiries should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs, 
NTIA, at (202) 482-7002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the 
President on telecommunications policies as they pertain to the 
Nation's technological and economic advancement. NTIA is the primary 
Executive Branch agency responsible for developing and articulating 
domestic and international telecommunications policies. NTIA also 
manages use of the radio frequency spectrum by all federal agencies. 
PSWN is a jointly sponsored initiative which is comprised of the 
Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury to specifically 
addresses public safety wireless communications interoperability. 
Federal, State and local government agencies are working to improve 
their ability to share information and to use current and emerging 
technology to ensure that they are better prepared for emergency 
response, regardless of the type of incident. Furthermore, government 
leaders are being challenged to better understand their current 
security and emergency response capabilities and, to implement services 
and technologies to improve emergency response, ensuring citizen safety 
during a time of increased national threat.
    The Interoperability Summit will provide the platform for attendees 
to share information addressing current and emerging technology 
solutions, implementation, lessons learned, and current funding 
activities. The information will focus on technical solutions, but will 
be presented in an easy to understand format for attendees. 
Manufacturers of land mobile radio equipment and commercial providers 
of other wireless communications technologies will also have an 
opportunity to brief attendees of their interoperability products, the 
status of their research and development activities, and compliance 
with published standards. A Federal Business Opportunities Notice will 
be published and vendors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served 
basis. Vendors desiring to send a representative to participate in the 
presentations and/or the tabletop exhibits should review the Federal 
Business Opportunities Notice or make their request via electronic mail 
(preferred), by fax, or in writing to: Mrs. Carole Kirsch, PSWN 
Program, P.O. Box 3926, Fairfax, VA 22038, (electronic mail: 
[email protected], telephone: (703) 279-2006, facsimile: (703) 
    The audio of the Interoperability Summit will be webcast over the 
Internet and made available from NTIA's webpage (http://www.ntia.doc.gov) during the two-day event.

Public Participation

    These meetings will be open to the public and will be physically 
accessible to people with disabilities. Any member of the public 
wishing to attend and requiring special services, such as sign language 
interpretation or other ancillary aids, should contact Derrick Owens or 
Richard Orsulak at least three (3) days prior to the meeting via the 
contact information provided above. All persons entering the Ronald 
Reagan International Trade Center must go through the security 
screening, therefore, please have photo identification available and/or 
a U.S. Government building pass, if applicable.

    Dated: May 20, 2002.
Kathy D. Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information 
[FR Doc. 02-12937 Filed 5-22-02; 8:45 am]