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December 06, 2016 | Comments
Public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) took center stage at a joint European Telecommunications Standards Institute-European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (ETSI-CEPT) workshop in September. CEPT is also involved in cross-border coordination, future railway communications and PMR/LTE synergies.



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December 05, 2016 | Comments
While there was optimism that the approaching announcement of a national partner by FirstNet would turn the national public-safety broadband network into a reality, Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the request for proposals (RFP) and a changing presidential administration promise more uncertainty for public safety.

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December 02, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced in a Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC) filing Dec. 2 that it was informed by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) that it is a bidder within the "competitive range" for a contract award under FirstNet's request for proposals (RFP). On Nov. 21, Rivada Mercury filed a pre-award protest of the FirstNet RFP, saying the Department of Interior (DOI) made an “unlawful decision to exclude Rivada Mercury’s proposal from the competitive range for the award.”

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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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