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January 23, 2018 |  Comments
Bill Springer of Illinois’ First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) team describes the state’s efforts to educate state agencies about the T-band spectrum giveback.

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January 16, 2018 |  Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) representatives plan to continue meeting with the public-safety community to discuss operational issues around mobile data. The meetings will likely be regional versus state specific, said Bill Schrier, FirstNet senior advisor, from the CES show last week in Las Vegas.

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January 09, 2018 |  Comments
Project 25 (P25) radio standards now provide a method of authenticating subscriber radios for operation on P25 trunked radio systems.

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December 28, 2017 |  Comments
The final four states that had not announced an opt-in or opt-out decision opted in to their First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans on the final day to make a decision. New Hampshire reversed course and opted in as well.

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December 19, 2017 |  Comments
A Verizon executive affirmed the company’s commitment to public safety and said the carrier is still actively working with some states on potential opt-out scenarios to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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December 18, 2017 |  Comments
JVCKENWOOD announced plans to acquire Radio Activity, a Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) manufacturer based in Milan. The Italian company develops relay systems compatible with DMR-compliant digital radio systems.

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December 12, 2017 |  Comments
AT&T has a set number of new tower sites that it is required to build across the nation under its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). If a state negotiates more sites as part of its opt-in determination than in its original state plan, then that could potentially take sites from other states that haven’t yet opted in or confirmed site numbers, an AT&T executive said.

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December 07, 2017 |  Comments
New Hampshire became the first state to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Gov. Chris Sununu announced his decision to opt out at the New Hampshire State Police Troop F facility in Twin Mountain Dec. 7.

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December 05, 2017 |  Comments
With the Dec. 28 opt-out deadline looming, concerns with draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLA) that states that opt out would be required to sign to access the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) 700 MHz band 14 spectrum have not been adequately addressed, state officials said. A FirstNet spokesman said the SMLAs are meant to ensure FirstNet's mandated mission and are comparable with AT&T's terms and requirements.

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December 04, 2017 |  Comments
Hytera Communications filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New Jersey against Motorola Solutions, alleging that Motorola is engaging in anticompetitive practices that are unlawful under the Sherman and Clayton Acts. Hytera charged that Motorola deliberately and actively forecloses competition in LMR communications systems to reap billions of dollars on sales at inflated prices to U.S. customers.

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November 21, 2017 |  Comments
The payments that AT&T will receive from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) are solely based on the number of states and territories that opt in to the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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November 17, 2017 |  Comments
A Home Office official said further delays to the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) are likely, and more information will be available once the current review is complete and a final plan is implemented. The U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee examined the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) project for a third time during a hearing 13 November.

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November 14, 2017 |  Comments
During the early days of television, evening game shows were among the most highly watched programs on the air. Few were more popular than “Who Do You Trust?,” which initially aired in 1956. Jump forward 60 years later, a new version of this show is back on the air. In both versions, a panel is provided with a story presented by three different contestants and a panel of judges who try to sort out which contestant is telling the truth. As we look at the current state of affairs surrounding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we could easily see a scenario in which the various players in the FirstNet arena could fill a panel of contestants, and the judges, otherwise known as public safety, would have a serious challenge determining a winner.

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November 14, 2017 |  Comments
AT&T has signed up the first subscribers in several First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-in states and is offering trial services to other customers. Several state contracting vehicles are publicly available as well, although each agency negotiates individual agency pricing with AT&T.

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November 07, 2017 |  Comments
Even as 800 MHz rebanding finally winds down, 800 MHz interference issues continue to plague public-safety communications officials. New cellular carrier rules in the band will likely affect public-safety networks nationwide.

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