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November 14, 2017 | Comments
During the early days of television, evening game shows were among the most highly watched programs on the air. Few were more popular than “Who Do You Trust?,” which initially aired in 1956. Jump forward 60 years later, a new version of this show is back on the air. In both versions, a panel is provided with a story presented by three different contestants and a panel of judges who try to sort out which contestant is telling the truth. As we look at the current state of affairs surrounding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we could easily see a scenario in which the various players in the FirstNet arena could fill a panel of contestants, and the judges, otherwise known as public safety, would have a serious challenge determining a winner.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The Capital Area Emergency Communications District (CAECD) in central Texas cut over text-to-9-1-1 service for its 31 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) Oct. 4 with Solacom technology. With this service, more than 2 million residents in the counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Williamson, and Travis — as well as the state capital of Austin — now have a dependable way to contact 9-1-1 if and when voice calling isn’t an option.

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November 14, 2017 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its newly elected board members and officers, who will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications announced that its safety and security technologies group was awarded a multiyear contract with an estimated value of about $73.8 million.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Loudoun County, Virginia, selected Federal Engineering to complete a consolidation study for the county’s emergency communications center.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
Prescom and StreamWIDE jointly demonstrated the interoperability of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) networks with narrowband professional mobile radio (PMR) networks. PRESCOM, a provider of interconnection gateways for heterogeneous networks and high availability communications systems for control and command centers, and StreamWIDE, a provider of MCPTT application servers, joined efforts to showcase the interoperability of narrowband and broadband services.

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) commented on World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) Advisory Committee draft recommendations regarding satellite overlay operations. The FCC's International Bureau sought comment on recommendations to be considered by the 2019 WRC and draft proposals provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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November 13, 2017 | Comments
AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure entered into a joint agreement to build hundreds of cell towers, and AT&T executives said the new builds will contribute to its 25-year agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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November 10, 2017 | Comments
NII Holdings announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2017. For the quarter, the company generated consolidated operating revenues of $205 million, a consolidated operating loss of $83 million and consolidated adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) loss of $37 million.

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November 10, 2017 | Comments
Several entities filed comments in the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) request for feedback about regulations for the 911 Grant Program. The program will offer $115 million in grant funds intended to help states and local jurisdictions upgrade their 9-1-1 call centers and systems to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) capabilities.

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