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Sep 30, 2014
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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
Sep 25, 2014
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How participation in the National 911 Profile Database matters to PSAPs nationwide

By submitting information to the National 911 Profile Database today, states can help 911 officials and public-safety answering point (PSAP) directors identify helpful operational trends and "make the case" to elected leaders at all levels for funding to pursue initiatives such as next-generation 911, according to Harriet Miller-Brown, president of the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA)....More
Sep 23, 2014
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FirstNet takes big steps, but significant decisions still remain

FirstNet makes tangible progress toward procurement with last week's release of its comprehensive RFI and preliminary legal interpretations. As a result, the time for the FirstNet board to make key decisions regarding network designs and business models is approaching fast....More
Sep 18, 2014
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Back to the Future? O’Brien notes similarities, differences between past ventures, Pacific DataVision 1

Morgan O’Brien—best known as being the co-founder of Nextel Communications—says he is returning to his roots, this time as vice chairman of Pacific DataVision, which recently purchased 900 MHz spectrum from Sprint that will be used to offer push-to-talk services designed for enterprise dispatch....More
Sep 16, 2014
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FirstNet begins new era with revamped board

The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning curve, so new members will have to prepare quickly to make key policy decisions in the near future....More
Sep 8, 2014
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Land mobile radio: Why moving to IT makes sense

By leveraging the combined technical expertise and practices of its IT department and traditional LMR radio personnel, the city of Richardson, Texas, was able to install an open-source P25 system for public safety and realize considerable cost savings, according to Richardson CIO Steve Graves....More

What do you believe to be the biggest barrier to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) making the transition to next-generation 911?

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