Because lawyers.The article is very informative but I read a news paper article from some system as to the reason the ambulance traffic back to the ER was encrypted. I remember that HIPPA was mentioned. Either way that doesn't concern me because I don't listen to that stuff anyway.
Depends on where you live really, but over all home ownership for the US is around 64 percent. In rural areas like where I live it is much higher. Also keep in mind that even if you are renting, someone owns that property and is paying property tax on it. And most likely that money is coming out of the rent. So in a way, even if you do rent you are paying property tax in some way. I will be honest though I have no idea where the money comes from to do this, or like I said, if it even costs more to encrypt channels. I was just stating that is the only part of it that would really ruffle my feathers. Other than it messes with my entertainment. On the other hand I do see a few valid reasons for them wanting to do it in some places.The taxpayer argument does not carry much weight, either. Public safety is mainly funded from property taxes. Most Americans are not homeowners, so any resultant "right" would belong only to a minority.
There is already a law against that, but it is a rarely enforced federal law.If people are tailing Fire/EMS to sell services to the victim related to cleanup/rebuild after the fact, there is no reason they can't create a law regarding this as interfering with their work and enforce that.
Per HIPAA itself, it does not apply to two-way radio communications. Agencies that cite HIPAA are ignorant of the law and/or being mistakenly advised by ill-informed attorneys.Ahhhh, what? EMS knows that can't broadcast names and what have you. They use cell phones when they need to pass that Info. along to the hospital. Unless they do that to save themselves from being sued.
Per HIPAA itself, it does not apply to two-way radio communications. Agencies that cite HIPAA are ignorant of the law and/or being mistakenly advised by ill-informed attorneys.
The legal profession is one of the most arrogantly ignorant groups there is.
They just didn't want every ambulance chaser and major media reporter responding to fires and accidents.
It depends on the area. I've seen a good amount of LEO agencies offer news media the option for an RX-only handheld but they have to purchase the radio themselves & sign a ND agreement that they would only report certain types of stories that they heard and there was a list of things they could not do with the information they heard on the radio or had to wait a certain time frame.I'm thinking that when an agency goes encryption, the media are given RX-only handhelds. Though, I'm not too sure on that. I just read that which may be regional-based. Then again, if that's not the case, then we really do have a case of impeding the media's ability to report the facts under the 1st Amendment. But then I guess agencies could argue that they have a PIO and all this rot so there's transparency.
Just your average everyday nonchalant fire department charged with saving lives and property. Nothing to see or hear here. Move along.
Am I misreading something ?. How does a unication solve the encryption issue ?. This is the same old argument. You are living a pipe dream, if you think encryption is going to go away, or get reversed.The unication pagers solve the E issue from those that wonder about pagers. They have as available.