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October 18, 2017 | Comments
Following last year’s fires fanned by hurricane-force winds that tore through popular tourist destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a new alerting solution is in place. The 2016 fires killed 14 people and terrified thousands of residents and Thanksgiving visitors while destroying millions of dollars in property.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) released a bulletin with information for public-safety answering points (PSAPs) about Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. The notice follows Oct. 15 social media reports indicating that disclosure of a major Wi-Fi vulnerability was forthcoming. Subsequently, security researchers, government responders and major Wi-Fi manufacturers provided a coordinated disclosure that confirmed the extent and severity of the flaw.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a petition for de novo review filed by the state of Indiana to commence a hearing proceeding before an FCC administrative law judge to resolve specific 800 MHz rebanding disputes between Indiana and Sprint.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), a trade association that advocate on behalf of public service industries such as public transit, asked the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) to withdraw an FCC petition asking the FCC to provide incumbent preference for the 800 MHz guard and expansion bands.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The FCC issued a notice of violation to Dan Blancho, owner of an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) in Norfolk, Virginia.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu released an executive order establishing a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out review committee. In a statement, the governor called for clarification of proposed fees and penalties that “appear to be arbitrary and primarily designed to deter states from opting out of FirstNet plans.”

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) launched Cevo Go, new mobile application that allows users to search and receive certified spectrum frequencies using a mobile device.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Rivada Networks teamed with U.S. Cellular to offer public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Wisconsin if the state decides to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions said it will combine the best of Vertex Standard's portfolio with its two-way radio product lines beginning Jan. 1, and all products will carry the Motorola Solutions brand.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The House emergency preparedness, response and communications subcommittee held a hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications” that touched on topics from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to T-band spectrum to the reduction in the number of statewide interoperability coordinators (SWICs).

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