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Oct 23, 2014
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Partnerships are much more than contracts—an important distinction for FirstNet 2

By Andrew M. Seybold. Partnerships are vital to FirstNet. Given this, FirstNet must have the ability to seek out and discuss potential partnership agreements, without having to resort to RFI/RFP rigid rules and regulations that hamper all those who work in the federal environment....More
Oct 16, 2014
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What’s in a name? For FirstNet, “public-safety entity” definition is critical to system planning, business model 3

On the surface, FirstNet's proceeding asking for input on what should be a "public-safety entity" might sound trivial. In reality, the answer may not be as straightforward as some initially might think, and the final determination promises to have significant ramifications on FirstNet’s network design and self-sustaining funding plans....More
Oct 7, 2014
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FirstNet is not a master of its own fate 5

Overreaction by some within the federal government to allegations made by former FirstNet board member Paul Fitzgerald have cost the organization valuable time in its quest to design and build a nationwide broadband network for public safety....More
Oct 2, 2014
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For the latest information about FirstNet, join us for today’s ‘State of the States’ webinar

Gain insights about key FirstNet questions from people with firsthand knowledge during today's “State of the States” webinar, which will be conducted today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time....More
Sep 30, 2014
Commentary

Missing FirstNet question may shed light on organization’s early hiring practices

Whether the hiring practices for consultants/contractors during FirstNet's early days were appropriate may depend largely on your interpretation of FirstNet's status as an "independent authority" under the law approved by Congress in 2012....More

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