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December 05, 2017 | Comments
With the Dec. 28 opt-out deadline looming, concerns with draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLA) that states that opt out would be required to sign to access the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) 700 MHz band 14 spectrum have not been adequately addressed, state officials said. A FirstNet spokesman said the SMLAs are meant to ensure FirstNet's mandated mission and are comparable with AT&T's terms and requirements.

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December 04, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New Jersey against Motorola Solutions, alleging that Motorola is engaging in anticompetitive practices that are unlawful under the Sherman and Clayton Acts. Hytera charged that Motorola deliberately and actively forecloses competition in LMR communications systems to reap billions of dollars on sales at inflated prices to U.S. customers.

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November 29, 2017 | Comments
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did not update the way 9-1-1 professionals are classified in the standard occupational classification (SOC) after a push by public-safety groups to change their classification to a protective service occupation. OMB determined that public-safety telecommunicators would continue to be designated as office and administrative support occupations.

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November 29, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications filed a motion for summary judgment in the theft of trade secrets case brought against it by Motorola Solutions.

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November 21, 2017 | Comments
The payments that AT&T will receive from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) are solely based on the number of states and territories that opt in to the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
An AT&T executive addressed criticisms the company has received regarding the lack of transparency surrounding its contract with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), as well as accountability measures.

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November 20, 2017 | Comments
Government attorneys argued against claims that in creating the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Congress did not intend to fully exempt the agency from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a motion to dismiss a FOIA-related lawsuit.

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November 17, 2017 | Comments
A Home Office official said further delays to the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) are likely, and more information will be available once the current review is complete and a final plan is implemented. The U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee examined the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) project for a third time during a hearing 13 November.

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November 17, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) said in a position paper the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) should step up its timeline for implementing location-based services to track first responders. NPSTC said first responder tracking should be implemented by June 2019, but FirstNet officials said they would provide enhanced location during 2020.

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November 16, 2017 | Comments
The Colorado committee tasked with reviewing the responses to the state’s request for proposals (RFP) for potential First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out partners issued a conditional award to a combined bid from Rivada Networks and Macquarie. The award is contingent on the FirstNet Colorado Governing Body’s (FNCGB) recommendation to the governor and the governor’s ultimate decision to opt in or out of the proposed FirstNet state plan.

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