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September 18, 2017 |  Comments
The TCCA is under new leadership and looking toward new initiatives including a mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) open platform and market adoption of of Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standardized equipment.

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September 12, 2017 |  Comments
Other than a few sites that flooded because of unprecedented water levels, the Harris County, Texas, LMR and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks withstood Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, which included more than 50 inches of rain, county officials said.

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September 12, 2017 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) rejected a request for records from an attorney who specializes in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, saying the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act exempts FirstNet from FOIA requirements.

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September 05, 2017 |  Comments
Industry groups are questioning device interoperability in the AT&T Long Term Evolution (LTE) 700 MHz bands in comments to the FCC regarding First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) interoperability. Commenters continued to promote separate public-safety LTE cores and only one interoperability review, which should be conducted by the FCC, as well.

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September 05, 2017 |  Comments
After an extended deliberative process and pursuant to issuing a request for proposals (RFP), the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected AT&T as its partner to build, operate and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). The actual terms of the agreement between FirstNet and AT&T remain unavailable to the public for proprietary reasons. However, what has been revealed in public statements and in trade press reports may raise questions about whether the AT&T proposal accepted by FirstNet tracks the vision Congress had when it created FirstNet.

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August 28, 2017 |  Comments
Shenzhen, China-based Hytera Communications filed a lawsuit against Motorola Solutions in a U.S. federal district court in Cleveland, charging that Motorola Solutions is infringing Hytera's U.S. Patent No. 9,183,846, which covers its sound adjustment control technology.

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August 28, 2017 |  Comments
An AT&T official offered more details on priority and pre-emption and the application program for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) during several sessions at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference in Denver Aug. 13-16.

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August 18, 2017 |  Comments
An AT&T executive maintained this week that the definition of public safety grade is not set in stone, and he wants to continue discussions with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) on the topic.

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August 16, 2017 |  Comments
Verizon announced it plans to build and operate a private network core dedicated to public safety and make priority access and pre-emption services available to public safety “when necessary and at no charge.”

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August 15, 2017 |  Comments
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Linc entered into a partnership with the Huntsville-Madison County’s (Alabama) 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (MadCo 9-1-1) for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. The service is expected to be available in Huntsville and Madison County in the second quarter of 2018.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is calling out Apple for not adding advanced mobile location (AML), a technology that allows emergency services to accurately locate a caller in danger, to iPhones and other Apple devices.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
Scott Edson, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), provides an update on the combined Project 25 (P25) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) project.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
Two states with early builder networks have already decided to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), while specific details about the future of the states’ early builder networks are still unclear.

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August 08, 2017 |  Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) finalized new documents that will allow Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 interoperability testing under the Compliance Assessment Program (CAP), and half the P25 CAP labs are now recognized by the new accreditation bodies.

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August 08, 2017 |  Comments
Change is inevitable. During the past 127 years, the fire service witnessed the transformation from the use of a fire alarm box to dispatch centers. The first fire alarm call box was put into service in the 1880s to telegraph a location code to the central fire station when the lever was pulled in the box. As technology progressed, the fire service actively transitioned to dispatch centers that would receive and disseminate calls for service all over a city, county or jurisdiction.

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