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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 16, 2018 | Comments
Changes to the charter of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) Finance Committee implement a process for reviewing investments to the national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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March 15, 2018 | Comments
Chester County (Pennsylvania) Department of Emergency Services (DES) Director Bobby Kagel announced that Chester is the first county in the commonwealth to subscribe to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) service. Kagel briefed county commissioners on the new broadband data service for first responders.

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March 13, 2018 | Comments
AT&T plans to have two carrier-integrated mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) options for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers and plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) later this year, said an AT&T executive.

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March 09, 2018 | Comments
A second round of State Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 grants is likely in the fall, a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) official said.

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March 08, 2018 | Comments
AT&T signed a new task order with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) for building out 700 MHz band 14 in all 56 states and territories. AT&T executives said the carrier has already begun buildout in most states, but the new task order formalizes the next step in AT&T’s year-old agreement with FirstNet to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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March 05, 2018 | Comments
Push-to-talk (PTT) and, eventually, mission-critical PTT (MCPTT) services are foundational applications that will determine how the NPSBN is adopted and the impact on interoperability. The successful integration of PTT/MCPTT with disparate LMR and LTE networks is the biggest challenge to interoperability.

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March 05, 2018 | Comments
Numerous manufacturers used the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Orlando, Florida, this week to introduce new products to the market.

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March 01, 2018 | Comments
ESChat’s secure push-to-talk (PTT) application achieved the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) highest level of validation, “FirstNet certified.”

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March 01, 2018 | Comments
The first award recipients of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 will receive as much as $43.4 million to help prepare for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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