FCC Gets Conflicting Advice On First Responder Data Boosts

Law360 (August 29, 2018, 8:50 PM EDT) -- AT&T and think tank TechFreedom offered different takes Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission on considerations for a bright-line rule allowing mobile carriers to speed up public safety agencies' communications, with the groups agreeing on one key point: not pulling rules for emergency responder data speeds into the politically contentious net neutrality debate.

AT&T urged caution as the FCC mulls changes to the Wireless Priority Service, or WPS, first requested by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, while TechFreedom called the review “long overdue.”

AT&T said rather than crafting new rules dictating a prioritization framework, the FCC should leave the details for carriers...

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