May 17, 2016 | Comments
When first conceived, the nationwide broadband public-safety network was supposed to be a high-speed data network, but during the past four years, the purpose has evolved to include mission-critical voice. The industry needs to return FirstNet to the concept of a data-only network and focus on getting that part right.

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April 18, 2016 | Comments
Derek K. Poarch is the executive director and CEO of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. APCO has 10 departments, each with a director who reports to Poarch. The association has 56 full-time employees in two offices — Daytona Beach, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia.

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March 28, 2016 | Comments
Relocation of UHF T-band licensees is an issue that the industry needs to address shortly after the November elections. Many licensees are unsure of how or if to move forward with LMR networks in the band and the loss of the spectrum also presents interoperability challenges. The industry, both public safety and business and industry, needs to collectively roll out a plan to address the T-band spectrum.

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March 14, 2016 | Comments
In the course of one human generation, our society, economy and daily lives have been transformed beyond all recognition by mobile communications. There is a technological gulf stretching out in time from the single, tethered, family telephone of our youth to the all-dancing, all-singing smartphone and connected tablets that we are now tethered to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are still far from certain of the full range of future consequences of such a dramatic, sudden change in the tools we use at work and at home for our minds and the environment in which we move and interact — but they will be many, profound and far reaching.

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March 08, 2016 | Comments
Public-safety-grade (PSG) equipment, systems or networks provide capabilities required by operators of the equipment with availability and reliability exceeding that typically provided by commercial communications equipment, systems and networks. Project 25 (P25) in many ways establishes the foundation for implementing PSG systems and equipment, and therefore we can say yes to the question of whether P25 is PSG.

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January 14, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has put together a complex request for proposals (RFP) that is not like any before it. The document, released Jan. 13, presents details on the process, but leaves the actual solution to the bidders.

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January 05, 2016 | Comments
The issue of 800 MHz interference continues to plague public-safety communications users — as it has for more than a decade — even as we enter a new year with fresh optimism. In addition to 800 MHz rebanding, which many public-safety agencies across the country are still addressing, new cellular rules proposed in 2014 threaten to bring more interference problems for public safety.

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September 16, 2015 | Comments
John M. Contestabile, program manager for the Homeland Protection - Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), discusses work on mission-critical communications, FirstNet, cybersecurity and more.

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September 01, 2015 | Comments
Public safety should regroup and ask Congress for changes to the FirstNet enabling legislation to ensure the goals of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) are realized.

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August 20, 2015 | Comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the public-safety community to embrace technology advances and urged Congress to pass legislation that will accelerate the pace of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) deployments.

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