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December 06, 2019 | Comments
During its final meeting of the year, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board looked back at 2019 and laid out its priorities for 2020.

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December 03, 2019 | Comments
AT&T pushed back the launch of mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, originally scheduled to launch by the end of 2019, until early next year.

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December 02, 2019 | Comments
“Location, location, location” applies to the world of public safety as well as the real-estate industry. Location plays a vital role in many aspects of public safety’s daily responsibilities. It is important to know both the location of a 9-1-1 caller and the location of the incident being reported. When dispatched, first responders need to know the location of the incident, and when on the scene, they need to locate citizens who might be trapped in a building or otherwise need to be guided to safety. Finally, while first responders search for people and pets, the incident commander, at minimum, needs to be able to track locations of the responders.

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December 02, 2019 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement asking Congress to repeal the mandate to auction T-band spectrum and allow public-safety officials to continue using the UHF spectrum, while also suspending T-band license application processing to allow for a 2021 auction of the spectrum.

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November 25, 2019 | Comments
First responders in northwestern Minnesota and those serving the White Earth Reservation will see a coverage boost with a new purpose-built cell site as part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout. The site, located between the White Earth Reservation and Itasca State Park, is part of FirstNet’s network expansion in Minnesota.

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November 25, 2019 | Comments
The buildout of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network was at about 66% as of Nov. 13, and AT&T expects to reach 70% buildout of the nationwide broadband network by the end of the year, Igal Elbaz, vice president, wireless technology, AT&T, said during the Morgan Stanley TMT Conference. The next reimbursement milestone for AT&T under its contract with FirstNet is 80%.

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November 22, 2019 | Comments
Public-safety representatives from nine federally recognized tribes in the southern and central region of California met Oct. 3 for a training exercise to learn more about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The Inter-Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation (ITLTRF) and the Southern California Tribal Emergency Management (SCTEM) group organized the event with FirstNet and the FirstNet Program at AT&T.

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November 21, 2019 | Comments
Sierra Wireless launched its AirLink managed network service with embedded First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) connectivity. The service delivers proactive FirstNet device management, 24/7/365 technical support and a purpose-built FirstNet Ready mobile router in a single package.

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November 21, 2019 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) laid out more detail about its concerns with the FCC’s proposed rules for indoor location accuracy for 9-1-1 calls. The FCC is expected to vote on the draft order Nov. 22.

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November 20, 2019 | Comments
There are 161 certified devices for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, according to a recently released document from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is charged with developing a list of devices that meet standards for access to the FirstNet network.

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