July 17, 2017 | Comments
In evaluating its options, the goal of every state should be to obtain the best possible network coverage for its first responders. The safety of first responders and the public must be the primary concern in evaluating the AT&T/FirstNet plan. To conduct a reasonably thorough examination, the governors and their teams must have access to the necessary financial, technical and legal information regarding AT&T’s commitments to deliver the NPSBN.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
With FirstNet releasing most of the state plans this week, state officials should take advantage of the full time allowed to review their plans in order to help make the most informed and best decision for their states.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Years of questions and anticipation about the next chapter of FirstNet are coming to a close as the nation’s SPOCs and their respective teams prepare for the next leg of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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May 16, 2017 | Comments
Progress in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) implementation is being made. Last December, the National 911 Program Office issued a 104-page report indicating that 21 states have emergency services IP networks (ESInets) deployed, with 10 of those states reporting that all of their public-safety answering points (PSAPs) are connected to an ESInet. An ESInet is a critical building block in the provisioning of NG 9-1-1 services, largely because it provides the underlying data transport network and the means of interconnecting PSAPs. Moreover, with an ESInet in place, public-safety agencies can leverage new and enhanced applications not possible with legacy 9-1-1 systems.

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May 15, 2017 | Comments
As the TETRA industry heads to Hong Kong this week for Critical Communications World (CCW), suppliers continue to innovate and release new products and services to help mission-critical communications users do their jobs safely and reliably.

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March 27, 2017 | Comments
As the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board prepares to take its next steps in creating a nationwide data network for public safety, board members are opening the door to endless ideas and solutions that will promote public-safety communications.

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March 13, 2017 | Comments
A new U.S. president has been in office about a month and a half. The Washington political scene has changed dramatically, and how those changes will affect the mission-critical communications industry is still playing out.

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February 21, 2017 | Comments
Rolling out a nationwide public-safety broadband network is difficult and uncharted territory. The three countries that are likely the furthest along in developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for public-safety agencies have one thing in common — they are delayed.

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February 13, 2017 | Comments
In December, the FCC issued an order on reconsideration and a memorandum opinion and order that contemplates assigning Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) spectrum held by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile (MCLM) to Choctaw Holdings. This is welcome news for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities that have been attempting in good faith to acquire MCLM’s spectrum for years.

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January 31, 2017 | Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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