Most Read U.S. Stories of 2017
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Motorola Solutions’ acquisition of several major companies, as well as its ongoing legal battles against Hytera Communications, dominated MissionCritical Communications most read online stories during 2017.

Motorola’s acquisition of Airbus’ North American 9-1-1 and Project 25 (P25) business was the year’s most read story, followed closely by Motorola’s acquisition of push-to-talk (PTT) provider Kodiak Networks. JVCKENWOOD’s announcement to buy Radio Activity also made the list.

The award of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) contract to AT&T in March also garnered plenty of views. That award launched a busy year for AT&T and FirstNet that included the release of state plans, the final deadline for states to opt out, the signing of the first subscribers, more details on priority and pre-emption, and a lawsuit over whether FirstNet is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

March also marked the beginning of a legal battle between Hytera and Motorola that became increasingly more complex and wide-ranging as the year progressed. Motorola’s initial lawsuits for patent infringement and theft of trade secrets in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois landed right near the top of the list of most read stories and the developments in that case, as well as in cases filed against Motorola by Hytera, popped up throughout the list.

Other popular stories included 6.25-kilohertz narrowbanding, 800 MHz interference, Verizon’s focus on the public-safety LTE market and the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP).

Check out all of the top 20 stories that appeared on this year.

1. Motorola Buys the Airbus North American 9-1-1, P25 Business
2. Motorola Solutions Agrees to Buy Kodiak
3. AT&T Wins FirstNet Nationwide Public-Safety LTE Contract
4. Motorola Sues Hytera for Patent Infringement, Trade Secret Misappropriation
5. FCC Continues Path to Eventual 6.25 kHz Narrowbanding
6. FirstNet Rejects FOIA Request for State Plan Information, AT&T Contracts
7. Hytera Responds to Motorola Solutions Patent, Trade Secret Allegations
8. Motorola Seeks Partial Dismissal of Patent Infringement Suit, Says Hytera Patent Invalid
9. AT&T Signs on FirstNet Subscribers, Pricing Details Available
10. Verizon Enters Public-Safety LTE Market with Dedicated Core, Priority, Pre-emption
11. Lawmakers Question T-Band, Interoperability Coordinators, FirstNet Funding During Hearing
12. Motorola Says Statute of Limitations Has Not Passed in Lawsuit Against Hytera
13. Industry Officials Address Public-Safety 800 MHz Interference
14. Judge Releases Order Focusing Motorola-Hytera Case on Timeliness
15. Verizon Exec Says More FirstNet Opt-Outs Possible
16. Planning Ensures Smooth Super Bowl Voice, Broadband Communications
17. JVCKENWOOD to Buy DMR Manufacturer Radio Activity
18. P25 CAP Officials Prioritize Nonstandard Encryption, TDMA Testing
19. AT&T to Pay $14.5 Million, Provide 3,300 Devices for LA-RICS LTE Network
20. New Hytera Lawsuit Accuses Motorola of Anticompetitive Practices

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