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July 14, 2017 | Comments
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on communications, technology, innovation and the internet, will convene a hearing titled “An Update on FirstNet” July 20.

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July 13, 2017 | Comments
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania invited qualified entities to submit a proposal for the design, installation and operation of a statewide broadband wireless system to serve Pennsylvania public-safety entities. The request for proposals (RFP) intends to provide an alternative to the offer from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in the event the governor decides to opt out of the FirstNet offering.

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July 13, 2017 | Comments
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas will opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin also made the decision to opt in. Both states made the announcements at the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Summer Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

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July 11, 2017 | Comments
As the first states opted in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this week, other state officials continue to work through terms of use (ToU) details, individual access to the state portal and further information needed for an informed opt-in/opt-out decision.

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July 10, 2017 | Comments
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a letter of intent July 10 declaring that the commonwealth of Virginia will allow the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T to proceed with the deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) in Virginia. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced a day later that Wyoming will also join FirstNet.

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July 05, 2017 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in coming days plans to release a report summarizing results from the first mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event held June 19 – 23. The report will follow preliminary data from the interoperability test sessions for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipment.

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June 30, 2017 | Comments
The FCC is seeking comment on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) proposal for interoperability compliance for states that opt out to build their own radio access networks (RANs).

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June 29, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) expects initial mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services to be available on the nationwide public-safety broadband network by March 2019, according to a FirstNet road map for 2018 and 2019.

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June 27, 2017 | Comments
The state of Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget recommended that the state analyze Rivada Michigan’s bid alongside the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan for Michigan “to determine the best value bid.”

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June 26, 2017 | Comments
A group of Vermont firefighters wants the state to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a state-built radio access network (RAN) to compare with the state plan from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T. The Vermont State Firefighters' Association (VSFA) said the state should simultaneously evaluate an opt-out RFP and the FirstNet state plan.

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