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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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June 09, 2017 | Comments
The fifth First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in-person state single point of contact (SPOC) meeting — the first since FirstNet announced its industry partner AT&T at the end of March — wrapped up this week with FirstNet officials saying states can opt in as soon as they receive their first state plan and reassuring states that they will address state portal terms of use concerns.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
Several state officials are concerned about the legal terms of use document the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has requested they sign before they can access the draft state plans later this month. Washington state sent a letter to FirstNet outlining its concerns, including the short timeframe for review of the terms of use and requests in the document that conflict with state laws.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) official and AT&T executive offered an advance look at some of the information state single points of contact (SPOCs) will receive this week in Dallas during a state plan kick-off meeting.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
AT&T executives told FCC officials that opting out of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) results in “an exceptionally difficult and costly process for the state involved.” Four AT&T employees met with FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) staff May 18.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
The FCC plans to consider a report and order to establish the procedures and standards the commission will use to review alternative plans submitted by states seeking to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) at its June 22 meeting.

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May 26, 2017 | Comments
Massachusetts and Wisconsin joined a handful of other states in announcing requests for alternative options to compare to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans set to be released later this year.

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May 24, 2017 | Comments
The buildout of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) should take less than the five years allowed under the contract, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said.

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May 23, 2017 | Comments
As we all know, coverage is imperative for mission-critical communications. If you don’t have a signal, you can’t communicate. Our new e-book covers all the essential pieces to ensure strong LMR and broadband coverage.

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May 11, 2017 | Comments
An AT&T executive said the company plans to begin building the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network later this year.

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