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May 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC provided a notice of unlicensed operation to Bradley C. Pike of Dallas, alleging interference to a VHF public-safety communications system operated by Dallas County Consolidated Services.

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May 23, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) published a white paper on broadband data implications for rural EMS organizations. The paper highlights unique issues facing rural EMS agencies and examines how public-safety broadband communications may be used to support and enhance EMS service delivery.

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May 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC issued a briefing order for the state of Indiana and Sprint after the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) reported that the parties had reached an impasse in negotiating the costs to be reconciled as part of the closing of their frequency reconfiguration agreement (FRA).

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May 23, 2017 | Comments
President Donald Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal was delivered to Congress May 23. The budget requests $44.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a $2.8 billion or 6.7 percent increase compared with the FY 2017 annualized continuing resolution.

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May 22, 2017 | Comments
ComEd organized Operation Power Play 2017, a statewide drill May 18 and 19 in coordination with Ameren Illinois; the city of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC); the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); Peoples Gas; the Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Will, Cook and DuPage County Departments of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the United States Army Reserve; and more than 50 other state, county, municipal, public and private entities.

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May 22, 2017 | Comments
AT&T completed deployment of its nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE)-M network ahead of schedule. The network will enable a new generation of internet of things (IoT) devices and applications, the carrier said.

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May 22, 2017 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) and The Monitoring Association (TMA) jointly submitted suggested revisions to FCC rules governing access to central station alarm frequencies, as well as related coordination protocols. The revisions and protocols were submitted in response to an FCC effort to enhance access to these designated channels.

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May 22, 2017 | Comments
The P25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) announced updated lists of trunking and conventional Project 25 (P25) networks worldwide.

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May 22, 2017 | Comments
The Canadian government announced a commitment of C$3 million (US$2.2 million) in 2017 – 18 to engage stakeholders and produce evidence-based analysis on implementation models for a potential public-safety broadband network (PSBN). This engagement and analysis will provide the opportunity to better understand the potential benefits of a PSBN and will support decision-making moving forward, a statement said.

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May 19, 2017 | Comments
Marana Police Department, serving the city of Marana, a suburb of Tucson, Arizona, is the first public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Pima County to cut over to a managed service solution for 9-1-1 emergency calls. The solution is available to the state’s PSAPs to upgrade to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

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PSCR Public-Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting
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