Both first responders and commercial users have trade and industry association “champions” focused strictly on those user groups. The Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association focuses on public transit and other public service wireless technology and communications users (but not to the exclusion of public safety) to be their voice and focus on solutions for their unique needs. More importantly, we collaborate across these industries to find the best solutions for all.

We advocate for policies of importance to our members and promote the advancement of wireless technology and communications as an effective means for public transit, other public service and public safety agencies to complete their missions.  Our Board is as diverse as our membership, including representatives of municipalities, manufacturers, consultants and educators.  Their interests are broad as well, from traditional land mobile radio to FirstNet, from cyber security to manufacturing, from smart cities to promoting education in the telecommunications arts.  In short, our Board has experience and expertise in every area of importance to our membership.

GWTCA is cooperative with other trade associations on a variety of issues to bring the strengths of each organization to focused projects.  GWTCA has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), where GWTCA is collaborating on the development of TIA’s Smart Buildings Program. GWTCA is providing its expertise in government wireless needs and uses to TIA to ensure that future “smart cities” take into account the needs of public safety and other government wireless users.

GWTCA also has cooperative agreements with other organizations that provide content to a variety of industry professionals, including the International Wireless Communications Expo, WIA’s Connect X Connectivity Expo, the Global Transport Forum’s SmartRail World, the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association, DC5G and Capitol Technology University.  GWTCA is an Associate Member of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NSPTC), an umbrella organization of the major groups representing public safety, and we have participated on their Spectrum Advisory Committee for many years.  GWTCA is also a member of the Land Mobile Communications Council, an organization for public safety, critical infrastructure and business wireless communications.

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