February 07, 2019 | Comments
The postponed Texas A&M University (TAMU) Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) Winter Institute and Workshop has new dates of March 25 – 29. The event, originally scheduled in October 2018, was delayed so first responders could support the victims of Hurricane Michael.

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February 04, 2019 | Comments
As the public-safety community migrates to Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband technology for its communications, it is imperative that standards-compliant solutions are used by everyone to ensure emergency response is not compromised by lack of interoperability between agencies.

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February 01, 2019 | Comments
Both AT&T and Verizon executives are touting their enhanced network coverage and public-safety support for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

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January 30, 2019 | Comments
AT&T reported results for the fourth quarter and full year. For the full year of 2018, capital expenditures, including capitalized interest, totaled $21.3 billion versus $21.6 billion in 2017. 2018 capital investment included about $1.2 billion in First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) capital costs and $1.4 billion in FirstNet capital reimbursements.

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January 18, 2019 | Comments
Two public-safety officials discussed how effective datacasting has been to their video and data distribution efforts, complementing other broadband data services. Datacasting is technology that sends IP data over broadcast TV spectrum, and public-safety agencies are working with the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) to access the service.

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January 15, 2019 | Comments
First responders answer emergency calls daily and deal with situations where communications are critical. This includes communications with intra-agency peers and other first responder disciplines responding to an incident scene. When considering the advantages provided by current communications technology, it is unacceptable that officers from different agencies may not have the ability to share important information in the future.

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January 14, 2019 | Comments
In a tweet, AT&T said it will remove late fees, provide extensions and revise payment schedules for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers impacted by the government shutdown.

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January 09, 2019 | Comments
AT&T increased the Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage area for the AT&T network and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety communications platform by more than 50,000 square miles nationwide, covering an additional 1 million individuals, during 2018. The carrier also deployed band 14 spectrum in more than 500 markets.

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January 08, 2019 | Comments
AT&T has completed its procurement for a second carrier-integrated mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) provider and plans to launch Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-compliant MCPTT solutions in the second half of the year. The carrier, which operates the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network, declined to name the second MCPTT vendor.

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January 07, 2019 | Comments
Former First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) member Ed Reynolds passed away Jan. 1. Reynolds, a founding member of the FirstNet board, was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame last year.

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