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March 23, 2020 | Comments
Zello announced its enterprise-grade push-to-talk (PTT) application is available at no cost to first responders, anywhere in the world. The company said it has been receiving multiple applications per hour, an all-time high.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
Microsoft said it is working closely with first responder organizations and critical government agencies to prioritize their needs. As demand continues to grow, if the company is faced with capacity constraints in any region, Microsoft said it established clear criteria for the priority of new cloud capacity for Microsoft Azure.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
The FCC granted requests from AT&T and Verizon for special temporary authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to help meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs across the country during the national COVID-19 emergency. AT&T was granted authority for 60 days to operate in AWS-4 band spectrum licensed to Dish. In addition, AT&T and Verizon were granted similar authority to use AWS-3 spectrum currently held in the FCC’s inventory.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
As the world is facing COVID-19, Verizon said it is partnering with first responders, federal agencies, state and local governments, and public health agencies to deploy mobile network assets to support emergency response facilities, supply emergency wireless communications devices, support communications and collaboration services, and provide mobile broadband services. In addition, Verizon provides first responders with priority and pre-emption abilities for voice and data where necessary.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
Everbridge acquired one2many, a global provider of cell broadcast solutions for safety applications, to provide a mobile-optimized, full-lifecycle solution for meeting and exceeding EU regulatory and other global initiatives for countrywide population alerting.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
The FCC granted a waiver to the state of Connecticut to allow it to operate two 800 MHz base stations at less than the required minimum co-channel separation distance (113 kilometers) from a base station, call sign WNIZ788, licensed to Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Inc. in New York City.

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March 23, 2020 | Comments
Siyata Mobile began delivery on its government tender for up to 15,000 push-to-talk (PTT) devices, previously announced in December.

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March 20, 2020 | Comments
The FCC extended the deadline for certain licensees in the 3.65 – 3.7 GHz band to transition existing Part 90 operations, used to provide high-speed broadband, utility communications and other essential wireless services, to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). Part 90 licensees that would have been required to transition before Oct. 17 now have until Oct. 17 to complete their transitions.

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March 20, 2020 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) announced that its ninth Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 9) will be combined with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's (ETSI) and European Emergency Number Association's (EENA) fourth next-generation 1-1-2 (NG 1-1-2) PlugTest. NENA called the event the first transcontinental interoperability testing event for next-generation NG 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and NG 1-1-2 emergency calling.

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March 20, 2020 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provided emergency communications restoration support to critical communications infrastructure facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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