The security week that was: 12/16/11 (public safety alarm communications)

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And really, if you dig deeper into the actual bill, it becomes clear the AICC, SIA, ESA and others should have been more interested in the part of HR 3630 that sets up the "Public Safety Communications Planning Board" -- which will allow for the mobile handset makers and mobile wireless companies to sit on the public safety communications board, but which doesn't specifically allow for anyone other than the wireless cellular guys to advise this board...not you, not me, not anyone from the broad security or alarm industry. Really what is going on is that it's become assumed that certain government-controlled radio spectrum is going to end up in the hands of Verizon, AT&T and the like, and the advisory board for this whole deal is those same people. It's a situation of the wolf guarding the chicken coop! The only way around this is that if someone from the security industry is selected as a state/local government representative to "represent other interests of state and local governments."

I guess my point is that let's not overreact on small piece of irrelevant language; let's see the forest for the trees and focus on legislation that really shapes our industry, rather than nit-picking at the status quo.

Go here to read the full text of the H.R. 3630 bill (but have a good hour or so to devote to this):


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