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Tech Topics Overview

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau's (PSHSB) Chief Engineer, Bill Lane, regularly provides installments of Tech Topics on subjects of interest to public safety communities such as First Responders, Hospitals and Health Care Providers, 9-1-1 Services/PSAPs, government partners, industry, and the general public.

These technical discussions are intended to provide fundamental public safety information and provoke thought and potential interaction with PSHSB regarding the principles of telecommunications and applications of these principles in public safety or emergency situations.

The mention of any specific system, manufacturer, or vendor is not intended to be an endorsement by the FCC, but simply as exemplary of the topic being discussed.

We welcome comments regarding our Tech Topics or suggestions for future Topics. Please email any comments or suggestions to Bill Lane at