Most Read Stories of 2018
Monday, December 31, 2018 | Comments
The ongoing legal battle between Motorola Solutions and Hytera Communications, concerns about First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) interoperability with other carriers and the FCC’s work to stop the sale and importation of noncompliant radios topped MissionCritical Communications most read stories for 2018.

The most read story for 2018 was the FCC’s action against Amcrest Industries for marketing an unauthorized two-way radio device in the United States. Amcrest was selling Baofeng radios in violation of FCC rules. At the time, Amcrest told the FCC it was working to rectify the issues.

Within the ongoing worldwide legal battle between Hytera and Motorola, readers were most interested in the patent infringement suit Motorola brought against Hytera with the International Trade Commission (ITC).

In November, the ITC affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) decision that Hytera had infringed several Motorola patents and placed sanctions against Hytera. However, the court also overturned the ALJ’s decision that redesigned products Hytera submitted for approval infringed the Motorola patents. Shortly after the decision, Hytera released a firmware updated that upgraded existing infringing products to the capabilities of the new, redesigned products.

For FirstNet, readers were most interested in a filing the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Board (CPSBGB) filed with the FCC. The filing asked the FCC to ensure that the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) supports interoperability and roaming.

A week after the filing, Colorado withdrew its request to the FCC. Public records obtained by MissionCritical Communications showed that FirstNet and AT&T officials pressured Colorado officials to withdraw the filing.

Check out all of the most read stories for 2018 below:
1. FCC Takes Action on Company Marketing Unauthorized Two-Way Radios
2. U.S. ITC: Hytera Infringed Motorola Patents, Redesigned Products Do Not Infringe
3. U.S. Patent Trial Board to Review Validity of Three Motorola Patents
4. Records Show FirstNet, AT&T Execs Pressured Colorado Officials After LTE Interoperability Filing
5. Why MCPTT Interoperability is Critical
6. AT&T Contract Raised in FirstNet Lawsuit, Summary Judgment Decision Looms
7. ITC Announces Review of Parts of Hytera-Motorola Initial Determination, Judge’s Orders
8. Motorola Accuses Hytera of Filing Anticompetitive Practices Lawsuit as Retaliation
9. FCC Warns on Noncompliant VHF/UHF Two-Way Radios
10. Harris Announces All-Stock Merger with L3 Technologies
11. AT&T to Release RFP for Second Carrier-Integrated MCPTT Offering
12. Crews Keep Communications Running During California’s Carr Fire
13. Firmware Update Available for Hytera Products Affected by ITC Decision
14. Judge: Motorola Email Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege
15. How Illinois is Addressing the T-Band Conundrum
16. Public-Safety Agencies, Dealers Ask for Repair Exception to Proposed Hytera Sanctions
17. Sprint Sues Two Florida Companies over Nextel Trademark
18. New 800 MHz Spectrum Opens with Updated Part 90 Rules
19. Amateur Radio Operator Settles with DOJ, FCC for $7,000
20. Mitigating Interference in Crowded Spectrum

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