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October 17, 2017 | Comments
State officials and industry experts are questioning information included in draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLAs) distributed to states that requested the information from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The SMLAs include proposed termination payments in the millions — and billions in at least two instances — of dollars for some states, along with prohibiting separate core networks, adoption targets and interoperability requirements.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu released an executive order establishing a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out review committee. In a statement, the governor called for clarification of proposed fees and penalties that “appear to be arbitrary and primarily designed to deter states from opting out of FirstNet plans.”

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Rivada Networks teamed with U.S. Cellular to offer public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Wisconsin if the state decides to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The House emergency preparedness, response and communications subcommittee held a hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications” that touched on topics from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to T-band spectrum to the reduction in the number of statewide interoperability coordinators (SWICs).

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Indiana’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T launched the first developer program geared toward U.S. first responders.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Recently, there has been some debate on the meaning and definition of “public safety grade.” The recent hurricanes underscore the need for clarity on what it means and what public safety needs with regard to reliable data. A National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) document published in 2014 provided a definition that the overall system design enables system and service to achieve 99.999 percent availability.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified contractors to offer a no-cost statewide 700 MHz broadband system. This system will include a statewide Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio access network (RAN) that will be interoperable with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced her decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless, broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

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October 09, 2017 | Comments
The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) plenary meetings in Sapporo, Japan, 11 – 14 September addressed standards in several areas relevant to public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE). The 3GPP plenary meetings consisted of three separate plenary group meetings.

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