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November 29, 2016 | Comments
Mission-critical communications groups disagreed with internet of things (IoT) users in comments filed with the FCC regarding the 800 MHz expansion and guard bands. Public-safety and critical infrastructure industries (CII) associations touted the need for incumbent priority access to the spectrum, while IoT companies said new entrants would more effectively use the spectrum.

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November 08, 2016 | Comments
In comments to the FCC regarding modified 700 MHz narrowband channel rules for Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) compliance and vehicular repeater systems (VRS), public-safety associations offered continued support for P25 CAP and VRS, and Motorola Solutions filed a petition for partial reconsideration.

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November 01, 2016 | Comments
FirstNet announced last week it will not make its original Nov. 1 deadline for awarding its RFP, while a U.K. official said quality is more important than timing for the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). With projects of this size and scope — and as the first in the world of their kind — it’s better to get them right than to meet unrealistic deadlines.

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October 25, 2016 | Comments
Last week the FCC denied a request to extend the construction deadlines for certain Part 22 paging licenses, which terminated more than 2,100 licenses. The FCC has become less lenient regarding construction requirements for Part 22 auction licenses, which could free spectrum warehoused by speculators for mission-critical communications entities.

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October 04, 2016 | Comments
A 2016 survey of 9,735 sworn police officers conducted by the Public Technology Institute (PTI), iCERT and Deltek found top technology priorities in radio communications, mobile data and body-worn cameras.

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October 03, 2016 | Comments
Phil Kidner, who is celebrating 10 years as the CEO of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA), offers his views about the past 10 years and the industry’s future.

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September 27, 2016 | Comments
Ten states, a Virginia county and the District of Columbia submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) notice and request for comments regarding the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Concerns about the timing, additional information from federal entities overseeing the process, grant evaluation, transparency and other issues were raised in the comments.

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September 23, 2016 | Comments
It wasn’t too many decades ago when trunking technology was introduced in the Part 90 bands. Because trunking systems need not distinguish between the users seeking access to the technology, the basis for retaining 20 or so disparate radio services where spectrum was allocated based on the type of business an applicant was engaged became instantly obsolete. Just in case any readers are too young to remember, there used to be actual separate radio service spectrum allocations for relay press, motion picture, motor carrier and even telephone maintenance business activities.

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September 12, 2016 | Comments
Venture-capital backed entity Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP) announced plans to deploy a nationwide 800 and 900 MHz network using TETRA equipment and spectrum and balloon technology from Space Data. PSP plans to launch a statewide SkyTrunk network and a separate network in a metropolitan area in the fourth quarter. Each system will cover populations of more than 2.5 million, totalling more than 5 million.

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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Urban Shield, the largest regional training exercise in the country, kicked off Sept. 8 with Yellow Command’s interoperable radio tests and a full-scale activation of Commodity Points of Distribution (C-POD) during a simulated Bay Area earthquake response.

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