CALNENA – From the desk of Bill McMurray

The President’s Message…

“From the desk of Bill McMurray”

My new buzz word is “fascinating”. When I am not quite sure what to think of something, I call it fascinating. When I know full well what to think of something, but I don’t really want to say so out loud, it is fascinating. When I think something is incredibly outrageous, but I don’t exactly know why, I just know I have that queasy feeling and thoughts of “uh-oh” echoing through my mind, it is fascinating.

Well let me tell you, there are a lot of fascinating things going on in the 9-1-1 world today — and they are happening fast. Just when we fully implemented the United States Department of Justice vs. the State of California 9-1-1 Program solution to bring TTY devices to every 9-1-1 telephone set in the entire state (you did didn’t you??), we are staring down twin monsters, PCS 9-1-1 and 3-1-1. Or is that 3-11???

If you thought building an MSAG from scratch to implement Enhanced 9-1-1 was tough, just wait till you see what it is going to take to implement Phase II of the FCC ruling 94-102. If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, check out the articles on Wireless 9-1-1. We have answers to your questions, and then we have some more questions without answers.

Whether you like it or not, 3-1-1 is coming. Within the next few months the issues surrounding funding and trials and technologies will be more clear. Maybe we will even be able to define 3-1-1 for you. Representatives from many agencies across the state have been meeting with the Attorney General’s Task Force on 3-1-1 to establish a purpose, identify potential technology solutions to implement 3-1-1, and provide a policy recommendation to the Department of Justice. Maybe you think 3-1-1 isn’t for you, but what are you going to tell your elected officials if a neighboring agency decides to implement it in their community and use region-wide media to advertise? Read on for a review of the Task Force activity to date and discussion on the upcoming trials.

Once the major topic of conversation, ALEC’s seem to have been moved to the back burner in the minds of some PSAP’s. Don’t let that happen to you! ALEC’s are here and they are marketing their services across the state. Do you know what to do when they come knocking on your door asking for a default ESN? And what have you told your dispatchers about how to reach the correct telephone company? We will bring you the latest information from D.R. Noble’s Sticky Issues Committee.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! The 1998 CALNENA Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held January 27-29, at the Doubletree Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA. The conference will bring you detailed information you will need to bring back to your organization in order to meet the challenges to 9-1-1 which area coming down the path.

General sessions and workshops on:

  • Implementing Wireless 9-1-1
  • Are you ready for FCC102??
  • 3-1-1 Report — Hear a report on the three trial sites testing the Pacific Bell, GTE and AT&T solutions.
  • Legislation
  • Funding
  • ALECs
  • Technology
  • Solutions
  • More!!!

Registration for all three days is $110 for Members, $125 for Non-members with a single day registration price of $50. Make your Hotel reservations separately by calling the hotel at (800) 222-TREE. Tell them you’re with CALNENA to get the group rate.

You will find all this and much more on the following pages. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and ideas to the CALNENA Executive Board in person, or in writing to the addresses and contact numbers listed in the Executive Board section.

If you would like to be involved with the Program, Registration, Logistics, or Commercial committees, please contact me by any one of the methods at the end of this letter.

If you are interested in joining NENA, click here to get to the national office membership information link.

CALNENA Is Making A Difference By Setting The Standard For The Future Of 9-1-1.

Bill McMurray, CALNENA President
Communications Dispatch Manager



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