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July 28, 2020 |  Comments
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Authority was formed in 2009 to cooperatively establish a countywide, interoperable public-safety communications network. The early efforts of LA-RICS were focused on the creation of a Project 25 (P25) LMR system.

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July 16, 2020 |  Comments
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Emergency Communication Networks (ECN) developed a wireless carrier evaluation guide to help public-safety agencies in the state and around the country evaluate broadband wireless service provider options.

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July 14, 2020 |  Comments
Verizon announced a successful test of its Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) technology, which executives said will help the carrier more quickly deploy 5G coverage across its network and provide 5G coverage to public safety through deployables. Additionally, Verizon announced the five companies participating in the next cohort of its 5G First Responder Lab.

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July 07, 2020 |  Comments
As mandated by Congress, the FCC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to auction the T-band 470 – 512 MHz spectrum. The notice outlines licensing and operating rules, along with a band plan and technical rules, although the NPRM seeks comments on many issues such as where T-band licensees might move and what to do about industrial/business (I/B) licensees also operating in the spectrum.

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June 30, 2020 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and state officials announced a spate of coverage enhancements to the public-safety broadband network in the Northeast. Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Hampshire all made FirstNet coverage-related announcements this week.

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June 26, 2020 |  Comments
To maintain production and worker safety, industries in hazardous environments depend on reliable, organizationwide communications. EP Petroecuador is the national oil and gas company of Ecuador, specializing in the refining, storage, transport and sale of petroleum derivatives, both domestically and internationally. The company’s operations are of critical importance to the country, as oil and gas form a significant piece of the Ecuadorian economy.

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June 23, 2020 |  Comments
Earlier this month, CTIA and representatives from the nationwide wireless providers met with FCC officials to discuss adopting an alternative nationwide Z-axis benchmark that will deliver ±3 meter vertical location information for what the carriers said would be far more wireless 9-1-1 calls than can be achieved under the FCC’s existing benchmark.

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June 22, 2020 |  Comments
The FCC has permitted unlicensed devices to share the 6 GHz band with public-safety and critical infrastructure industries (CII) microwave systems. By permitting such sharing without first demonstrating that co-existence can work in the field, there is a dangerous risk with disastrous consequences.

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June 16, 2020 |  Comments
Several more groups stepped up support for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International petition for reconsideration and petition for stay of the FCC’s 6 GHz report and order to allow unlicensed operations in the spectrum. The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA) and several local jurisdictions submitted filings supporting the APCO petitions.

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June 09, 2020 |  Comments
The Tech to Protect challenge from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) is giving startups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to solve critical technology problems facing emergency responders.

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June 08, 2020 |  Comments
With increasing pressure on governments and authorities to respond faster, more effectively and with real-time insights into emergencies, disasters and crises, there’s never been a more urgent need for a step change in public-safety communications. Bringing new connectivity, capacity and capability, mobile broadband holds the key.

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June 02, 2020 |  Comments
Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum represents a major opportunity for utilities, oil and gas companies, and other entities that operate mission-critical communications networks. Recent initiatives that call for grid modernization and digitization are driving critical infrastructure industries (CII) to move beyond their legacy narrowband communications and advance to private broadband solutions.

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May 27, 2020 |  Comments
Hytera America and Hytera America (West) are seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing ongoing lawsuits brought by Motorola Solutions and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the company said that it plans to use the Chapter 11 restructuring process to address the issues caused by those two events.

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May 26, 2020 |  Comments
SAFECOM released a 2020 strategic plan that outlines 38 priorities that the public-safety communications support organization plans to accomplish this year. The priorities fall under seven committees and task forces that address issues from governance to technology policy to the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP).

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May 18, 2020 |  Comments
CTIA officials discussed generally the most recent 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed testing of 9-1-1 vertical (Z-axis) location technologies, Stage Za, in an FCC filing, but the full report is unavailable to the public.

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