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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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May 13, 2020 |  Comments
The FCC moved forward with sweeping changes in the 900 MHz band, making 6 megahertz of low-band spectrum available for the development of critical wireless broadband technologies and services through a process of realigning the band by moving incumbent narrowband users to different 900 MHz spectrum.

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May 13, 2020 |  Comments
The world around us — both globally and locally — changed dramatically a few months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit country after country. Many things have changed, among them numerous cancellations and job losses, but one positive is the continuing innovation in the mission-critical communications industry

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May 12, 2020 |  Comments
Florida’s 2020 – 2021 General Appropriations Act would direct the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) to renew its contract with L3Harris Technologies for the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).

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May 05, 2020 |  Comments
Indiana’s Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) has connected its statewide Project 25 (P25) 700/800 MHz network core to AT&T’s Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) platform using the P25 Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), in the first such implementation in the nation. The EPTT platform is used by Indiana’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) users.

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Webinar: FirstNet — Managing Testing and Vaccination Logistics

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June 2021

21 - 25
UTC Telecom and Technology Conference
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15 - 18
APCO Conference and Expo
San Antonio, Texas
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27 - 30
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