October 02, 2017
After the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the standard on Common Channel Naming in January 2017, the Working Group went on hiatus. With the advent of FirstNet, the Working Group will reactivate to develop common names for nationwide LTE interoperability talkgroups. Mission Critical Push to Talk will include LTE talkgroups that will function in a similar fashion to LMR interoperability channels. FirstNet will enable nationwide interoperability, allowing first responders to travel across the U.S. and still use their devices and applications. Issues the Working Group will examine include:
The NPSTC Governing Board realized that a national framework for these talkgroups should be established quickly. Local and state agencies will begin using FirstNet Push to Talk services by the end of the year (prior to availability of Mission Critical PTT). Those agencies may start creating LTE talkgroups to support local, regional, and statewide interoperability, and those talkgroup names may conflict with a preferred nationwide naming scheme.