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June 23, 2017 |  Comments
The FCC released a report and order that establishes the standards and procedures it will use to review state alternative plans for states that want to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and build their own radio access network (RAN). The rules give states that opt out of the FirstNet state plan an extra 60 days to complete a request for proposals (RFP) process, providing for 240 days total.

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June 20, 2017 |  Comments
With FirstNet releasing most of the state plans this week, state officials should take advantage of the full time allowed to review their plans in order to help make the most informed and best decision for their states.

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June 19, 2017 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T released state plans to U.S. states and territories. The plans, delivered through online portals, provide most of the information such as coverage, cost and timelines that states need to make decisions about whether to opt into the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) or develop their own radio access network (RAN).

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June 14, 2017 |  Comments
AT&T and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials detailed aspects of the priority and pre-emption capabilities for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) during a panel at the 2017 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.

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June 13, 2017 |  Comments
Years of questions and anticipation about the next chapter of FirstNet are coming to a close as the nation’s SPOCs and their respective teams prepare for the next leg of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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June 12, 2017 |  Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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June 09, 2017 |  Comments
The fifth First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in-person state single point of contact (SPOC) meeting — the first since FirstNet announced its industry partner AT&T at the end of March — wrapped up this week with FirstNet officials saying states can opt in as soon as they receive their first state plan and reassuring states that they will address state portal terms of use concerns.

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June 06, 2017 |  Comments
The U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) staff continues to conduct tests and functional trials with commercial partners and has received final responses to a device procurement. The U.K. Home Office, which oversees the ESN, is working toward its pending transition from the narrowband TETRA Airwave network to EE’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) system.

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June 06, 2017 |  Comments
Several state officials are concerned about the legal terms of use document the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has requested they sign before they can access the draft state plans later this month. Washington state sent a letter to FirstNet outlining its concerns, including the short timeframe for review of the terms of use and requests in the document that conflict with state laws.

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May 30, 2017 |  Comments
The first tests for mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) interoperability will take place in a few weeks. From June 19 – 23, a plugtest offers vendors a unique opportunity to validate and test products with real implementations and debug prototypes, while contributing to the standards validation effort, said industry officials.

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May 23, 2017 |  Comments
As we all know, coverage is imperative for mission-critical communications. If you don’t have a signal, you can’t communicate. Our new e-book covers all the essential pieces to ensure strong LMR and broadband coverage.

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May 16, 2017 |  Comments
Hytera Communications said it expects its acquisition of Sepura to close on 24 May. The acquisition had been held up by reviews by several European governments.

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May 16, 2017 |  Comments
Progress in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) implementation is being made. Last December, the National 911 Program Office issued a 104-page report indicating that 21 states have emergency services IP networks (ESInets) deployed, with 10 of those states reporting that all of their public-safety answering points (PSAPs) are connected to an ESInet. An ESInet is a critical building block in the provisioning of NG 9-1-1 services, largely because it provides the underlying data transport network and the means of interconnecting PSAPs. Moreover, with an ESInet in place, public-safety agencies can leverage new and enhanced applications not possible with legacy 9-1-1 systems.

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May 15, 2017 |  Comments
As the TETRA industry heads to Hong Kong this week for Critical Communications World (CCW), suppliers continue to innovate and release new products and services to help mission-critical communications users do their jobs safely and reliably.

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May 09, 2017 |  Comments
Console provider Zetron and mobile radio manufacturer Harris teamed to provide technology in North America. Executives said the strategic partnership agreement leverages Zetron’s dispatch offering and Harris’ Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tiers 2 and 3 and Project 25 (P25) conventional and trunking technology.

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2017 Canadian Utilities and Critical Infrastructure Information and Communications Technology Conference
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