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April 02, 2018 | Comments
The network operations center (NOC) for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) opened at the sheriff’s office communication center in east Los Angeles. The location will monitor the more than 60 public-safety broadband network (PSBN) sites.

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March 30, 2018 | Comments
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that as of April 6, all wireless service providers must distribute wireless public emergency alert messages on their Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

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March 27, 2018 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T launched the FirstNet evolved packet core (EPC), meeting the carrier’s goal to deliver the core by the end of March, a year after AT&T signed its 25-year contract to provide public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. FirstNet officials are still testing the core, and most FirstNet customers will be moved to the core by May.

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March 27, 2018 | Comments
Both AT&T and Verizon announced plans for their respective public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) cores this week. Public-safety agencies now have the task of deciding which broadband data service best suits their needs.

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March 27, 2018 | Comments
Verizon announced its public-safety dedicated private core will be generally available March 29. The carrier said the private core is the platform for expanded products and services designed to enhance Verizon’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for public safety.

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March 26, 2018 | Comments
The FCC announced a streamlined procedure to authorize non-federal public-safety entities to use the 40 channels that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) designated for interoperability. Under the new procedure, non-federal public-safety entities need obtain only written concurrence from their designated statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC) or a state-appointed official prior to filing an application with the commission to use the federal interoperability channels.

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March 26, 2018 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) reactivated its 4.9 GHz working group following the FCC's sixth further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) last week. Dave Buchanan will chair the group, formed under the NPSTC Spectrum Committee.

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March 23, 2018 | Comments
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) said asking Congress to repeal the requirement that the T-band spectrum be auctioned is one of its legislative priorities for the year.

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March 23, 2018 | Comments
After many years of comments and recommendations, the FCC proposed action on the public-safety 4.9 GHz band that the commission said would promote more flexible and intensive use of the 4.9 GHz band.

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March 22, 2018 | Comments
Comments to a request for waiver by Flint Hill Resources (FHR) for three UHF channels allocated for use by public-safety entities because of the lack of available industrial/business (IB) spectrum were mixed.

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