Development of the Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network, 60680-60681 [2012-24469]

Download as PDF 60680 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 193 / Thursday, October 4, 2012 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘* * * an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ With respect to military readiness activities, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: ‘‘(i) any act that injures or has the significant potential to injure a marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A Harassment]; or (ii) any act that disturbs or is likely to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of natural behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, surfacing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering, to a point where such behavioral patterns are abandoned or significantly altered [Level B Harassment].’’ Summary of Request On April 13, 2012, NMFS received an application from the Navy requesting two letters of authorization (LOAs) for the take of 40 species of marine mammals incidental to Navy training and testing activities to be conducted in the AFTT Study Area over 5 years. The Navy requests a 5-year LOA for training activities and a 5-year LOA for testing activities, each proposed to be conducted from 2014 through 2019. The Study Area includes the following range complexes: the Northeast Range Complexes (consisting of the Boston, Narragansett Bay, and Atlantic City Ranges Complexes); the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport Testing Range; the Virginia Capes Range Complex (VACAPES); the Navy Cherry Point Range Complex (CHPT); the Jacksonville Range Complex (JAX), the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility Testing Range; the Undersea Warfare Training Range; the Key West Range Complex; the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division Testing Range; and the Gulf of Mexico Range Complex (GOMEX) (see Figure 1– 1 in the Navy’s LOA application for a map of the AFTT Study Area). In VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:21 Oct 03, 2012 Jkt 229001 addition, the Study Area includes Navy pierside locations and areas on the high seas where maintenance, training, or testing may occur. These activities are classified as military readiness activities. The Navy states that these activities may expose some of the marine mammals present within the Study Area to sound from active sonar, underwater detonations, and pile driving and removal. In addition, incidental takes of marine mammals may occur from ship strikes. Description of the Specified Activity In the application submitted to NMFS, the Navy requests authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting training and testing operations that involve the use of active acoustics and underwater detonations. These non-impulsive (sonar) and impulsive (explosives) sources would be used during the following training and testing activities: amphibious warfare; anti-surface warfare; anti-submarine warfare; mine warfare; naval special warfare; Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) testing; Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) testing; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) testing; and Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) testing. Detailed descriptions of these activities are included in the LOA application. Information Solicited Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning the Navy’s request (see ADDRESSES). All input related to the Navy’s AFTT request and NMFS’ role in governing the incidental taking of marine mammals will be considered by NMFS when developing, if appropriate, the most effective regulations governing the issuance of letters of authorization. Dated: September 27, 2012. Helen M. Golde, Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–24538 Filed 10–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 120928505–2505–01] RIN 0660–XC002 Development of the Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of inquiry. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issues this Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to seek public comment on the conceptual network architecture presentation made at the FirstNet Board of Directors’ meeting held on September 25, 2012, as well as to invite input on other network design and business plan considerations. NTIA also seeks comment on the general concept of how to develop applications for public safety users as discussed at the FirstNet Board meeting. FirstNet intends to use the input received from this process to shape its efforts to establish the interoperable public safety broadband network based on a single, nationwide network architecture called for under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act).1 DATES: Comments must be received no later than November 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by email to firstnetnoi@ntia.doc.gov. Written comments also may be submitted by mail to: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., HCHB Room 7324, Attn: FirstNet NOI, Washington, DC 20230. Please note that all material sent via the U.S. Postal Service (including ‘‘Overnight’’ or ‘‘Express Mail’’) is subject to delivery delays of up to two weeks due to mail security procedures. Responders should include the name of the person or organization filing the comment, as well as a page number, on each page of their submissions. Paper submissions should also include a CD or DVD with an electronic version of the document, which should be labeled with the name SUMMARY: 1 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Public Law 112–96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012) (Act). Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 193 / Thursday, October 4, 2012 / Notices and organizational affiliation of the filer. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. All email messages and comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted without change to the NTIA Web site at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-registernotice/2012/comments-nationwideinteroperable-public-safety-broadbandnetwork-noi. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Comments should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Uzoma Onyeije, Senior Advisor for Public Safety, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 7324, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0016; email: uonyeije@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA and authorized it to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network (PSBN) based on a single, national network architecture.2 FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, ensuring nationwide standards for use and access of the network; issuing open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals (RFPs) to build, operate, and maintain the network; leveraging, to the maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial wireless infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and overseeing contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network.3 FirstNet is headed by a Board of Directors (Board) with 15 voting members.4 The FirstNet Board held its first public meeting on September 25, 2012, during which it took action on several organizational and administrative items, including approving resolutions to adopt its bylaws, create a State, Regional, Local, and Tribal Consultation Committee, and request the Federal Communications 2 47 U.S.C. 1422(b). U.S.C. 1426(b)(1). 4 47 U.S.C. 1424. 3 47 VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:21 Oct 03, 2012 Jkt 229001 Commission (FCC) transfer the public safety spectrum license to FirstNet. FirstNet Board member Craig Farrill shared a presentation outlining a possible framework for designing the public safety network architecture in a manner that leverages existing resources and infrastructure, as is contemplated in the Act. Specifically, the FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN) concept would leverage the significant investments and combined efforts of the public sector and the commercial wireless industry to achieve the major elements of the nationwide wireless network called for under the Act, including ubiquitous coverage, reliable, redundant, and interoperable service, at reduced costs and with accelerated availability. The presentation of the FNN concept is available for review on NTIA’s Web site at http:// www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/ publications/ firstnet_fnn_presentation_09-252012_final.pdf. FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn also discussed a general concept for developing applications designed specifically for public safety users. Under this general concept, FirstNet would seek to understand what applications federal, state, local, and tribal public safety users would like to see developed. FirstNet would define interface and certification requirements for FirstNet applications, and would call on innovators to develop applications for public safety to use to do its job better and more safely. The public safety community could download these applications, thus enabling public safety users nationwide to benefit from individual innovations. These conceptual presentations mark a starting point for further discussions. Request for Comments On behalf of the FirstNet Board, NTIA requests public comments on the FNN conceptual network design model presented at the FirstNet Board meeting. NTIA also solicits input from interested stakeholders on other options that the FirstNet Board should consider in meeting the Act’s requirements to deploy the PSBN based on a single, nationwide network architecture that evolves with technological advancements. FirstNet is particularly interested in receiving innovative ideas on how it can deploy a reliable, ubiquitous, redundant, and interoperable broadband network for public safety users. NTIA invites the submission of proposals that address the following criteria: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 60681 1. Meets public safety’s requirements for priority, quality of service, and preemption features; 2. Uses, to the extent possible, existing radio access network and core network infrastructure installed by commercial mobile operators in order to maximize the coverage and performance delivered to public safety while minimizing the capital expenditures; 3. Reaches operational capability as quickly as possible; and 4. Enables voice services (cellular telephony and push-to-talk (PTT)) both within the FirstNet network as well as to/from other commercial networks, including the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Any proposal submitted in response to this NOI should: (1) Describe all of the assumptions necessary for the proposal to succeed; (2) identify the specific opportunities or benefits the proposal provides in meeting the Act’s objectives and the criteria enumerated above; (3) discuss any existing challenges or obstacles that must be overcome to realize the proposal; and (4) specify any areas in need of further research and development to ensure the success of the proposal. NTIA also seeks input from all stakeholders on the FirstNet Board’s conceptual discussion of a potential framework for developing applications for public safety use. Commenters should: (1) Provide suggestions for applications that would benefit public safety users; (2) address what interface requirements and other information innovators need in order to develop applications in an open environment; (3) address what specific security requirements public safety needs in its applications; (4) provide ideas as to what framework or organizational factors would allow for the development of the greatest number of quality applications; (5) provide specific suggestions for FirstNet’s applications certification requirements; (6) discuss possible delivery methods (e.g., app store models) under the FNN conceptual architecture model presented at the FirstNet Board meeting or based on any alternative network design models that commenters propose; and (7) provide comment on any other issues that FirstNet should consider in facilitating the development of public safety applications. Dated: September 28, 2012. Lawrence E. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket No. 120928505-2505-01]
RIN 0660-XC002


Development of the Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety 
Broadband Network

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

ACTION: Notice of inquiry.

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SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) issues this Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on behalf of the First 
Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to seek public comment on the 
conceptual network architecture presentation made at the FirstNet Board 
of Directors' meeting held on September 25, 2012, as well as to invite 
input on other network design and business plan considerations. NTIA 
also seeks comment on the general concept of how to develop 
applications for public safety users as discussed at the FirstNet Board 
meeting. FirstNet intends to use the input received from this process 
to shape its efforts to establish the interoperable public safety 
broadband network based on a single, nationwide network architecture 
called for under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 
2012 (Act).\1\
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    \1\ Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Public 
Law 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012) (Act).

DATES: Comments must be received no later than November 1, 2012 at 5:00 
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p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by email to 
firstnetnoi@ntia.doc.gov. Written comments also may be submitted by 
mail to: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., HCHB Room 
7324, Attn: FirstNet NOI, Washington, DC 20230. Please note that all 
material sent via the U.S. Postal Service (including ``Overnight'' or 
``Express Mail'') is subject to delivery delays of up to two weeks due 
to mail security procedures. Responders should include the name of the 
person or organization filing the comment, as well as a page number, on 
each page of their submissions. Paper submissions should also include a 
CD or DVD with an electronic version of the document, which should be 
labeled with the name

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and organizational affiliation of the filer. Do not submit Confidential 
Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. 
All email messages and comments received are a part of the public 
record and will generally be posted without change to the NTIA Web site 
at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2012/comments-nationwide-interoperable-public-safety-broadband-network-noi. All 
personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily 
submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Comments should 
not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Uzoma Onyeije, Senior Advisor for 
Public Safety, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room 7324, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0016; email: 
uonyeije@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office 
of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created 
the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent 
authority within NTIA and authorized it to take all actions necessary 
to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide 
public safety broadband network (PSBN) based on a single, national 
network architecture.\2\ FirstNet is responsible for, at a minimum, 
ensuring nationwide standards for use and access of the network; 
issuing open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals 
(RFPs) to build, operate, and maintain the network; leveraging, to the 
maximum extent economically desirable, existing commercial wireless 
infrastructure to speed deployment of the network; and overseeing 
contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the 
network.\3\
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    \2\ 47 U.S.C. 1422(b).
    \3\ 47 U.S.C. 1426(b)(1).
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    FirstNet is headed by a Board of Directors (Board) with 15 voting 
members.\4\ The FirstNet Board held its first public meeting on 
September 25, 2012, during which it took action on several 
organizational and administrative items, including approving 
resolutions to adopt its bylaws, create a State, Regional, Local, and 
Tribal Consultation Committee, and request the Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC) transfer the public safety spectrum license to 
FirstNet. FirstNet Board member Craig Farrill shared a presentation 
outlining a possible framework for designing the public safety network 
architecture in a manner that leverages existing resources and 
infrastructure, as is contemplated in the Act. Specifically, the 
FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN) concept would leverage the 
significant investments and combined efforts of the public sector and 
the commercial wireless industry to achieve the major elements of the 
nationwide wireless network called for under the Act, including 
ubiquitous coverage, reliable, redundant, and interoperable service, at 
reduced costs and with accelerated availability. The presentation of 
the FNN concept is available for review on NTIA's Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/firstnet_fnn_presentation_09-25-2012_final.pdf.
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    \4\ 47 U.S.C. 1424.
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    FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn also discussed a general concept 
for developing applications designed specifically for public safety 
users. Under this general concept, FirstNet would seek to understand 
what applications federal, state, local, and tribal public safety users 
would like to see developed. FirstNet would define interface and 
certification requirements for FirstNet applications, and would call on 
innovators to develop applications for public safety to use to do its 
job better and more safely. The public safety community could download 
these applications, thus enabling public safety users nationwide to 
benefit from individual innovations.
    These conceptual presentations mark a starting point for further 
discussions.

Request for Comments

    On behalf of the FirstNet Board, NTIA requests public comments on 
the FNN conceptual network design model presented at the FirstNet Board 
meeting. NTIA also solicits input from interested stakeholders on other 
options that the FirstNet Board should consider in meeting the Act's 
requirements to deploy the PSBN based on a single, nationwide network 
architecture that evolves with technological advancements. FirstNet is 
particularly interested in receiving innovative ideas on how it can 
deploy a reliable, ubiquitous, redundant, and interoperable broadband 
network for public safety users. NTIA invites the submission of 
proposals that address the following criteria:
    1. Meets public safety's requirements for priority, quality of 
service, and preemption features;
    2. Uses, to the extent possible, existing radio access network and 
core network infrastructure installed by commercial mobile operators in 
order to maximize the coverage and performance delivered to public 
safety while minimizing the capital expenditures;
    3. Reaches operational capability as quickly as possible; and
    4. Enables voice services (cellular telephony and push-to-talk 
(PTT)) both within the FirstNet network as well as to/from other 
commercial networks, including the public switched telephone network 
(PSTN).
    Any proposal submitted in response to this NOI should: (1) Describe 
all of the assumptions necessary for the proposal to succeed; (2) 
identify the specific opportunities or benefits the proposal provides 
in meeting the Act's objectives and the criteria enumerated above; (3) 
discuss any existing challenges or obstacles that must be overcome to 
realize the proposal; and (4) specify any areas in need of further 
research and development to ensure the success of the proposal.
    NTIA also seeks input from all stakeholders on the FirstNet Board's 
conceptual discussion of a potential framework for developing 
applications for public safety use. Commenters should: (1) Provide 
suggestions for applications that would benefit public safety users; 
(2) address what interface requirements and other information 
innovators need in order to develop applications in an open 
environment; (3) address what specific security requirements public 
safety needs in its applications; (4) provide ideas as to what 
framework or organizational factors would allow for the development of 
the greatest number of quality applications; (5) provide specific 
suggestions for FirstNet's applications certification requirements; (6) 
discuss possible delivery methods (e.g., app store models) under the 
FNN conceptual architecture model presented at the FirstNet Board 
meeting or based on any alternative network design models that 
commenters propose; and (7) provide comment on any other issues that 
FirstNet should consider in facilitating the development of public 
safety applications.

    Dated: September 28, 2012.
Lawrence E. Strickling,
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information.
[FR Doc. 2012-24469 Filed 10-3-12; 8:45 am]
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