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Dec 18, 2014

It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC 1

One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with cell phones that are being used inside a building. Those in the 911 community should consider sharing their views about what these location-accuracy rules should include, because they promise to impact the effectiveness of emergency responses for years to come....More
Dec 12, 2014

With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans 2

With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead, lawmakers should ensure that the problems cited in the IG report have been resolved and let FirstNet proceed on its current roadmap for deploying a much-needed nationwide broadband network for first responders....More
Dec 11, 2014

Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show

It’s not too late to participate in the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show—you can register here (for free) and, within minutes, you can participate in all of the activities. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time, use the interactive platform to visit our sponsors’ virtual booths, network with colleagues and listen to a series of educational webinar sessions....More
Dec 4, 2014

Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality

It would be a shame to have FirstNet build a public-safety broadband system, only to find that first responders were not prepared to use it operationally. The good news is that the much-needed dialog about prioritization, preemption and other key operational issues appears to be getting started in earnest....More
Dec 2, 2014

FirstNet ‘public-safety entity’ definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear

Will Congress will consider FirstNet a success, if police, fire and EMS are able to communicate fabulously throughout an incident, but their effectiveness was limited by the fact that they did not have robust, reliable communications with other key critical-infrastructure players involved in the response because of a narrow "public-safety entity" definition? I don't think so....More
Nov 24, 2014

AWS-3 auction bidding bodes well for FirstNet’s short-term funding, long-term sustainability opportunities 1

The recent success of the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction means that FirstNet soon will receive the full funding that Congress anticipated. More important, the auction is an indication that there is sufficient market demand for FirstNet to be hopeful that it can forge partnership agreement that will ensure long-term sustainability for the public-safety broadband system....More
Nov 22, 2014

There is an optimistic future for 911 wireless location accuracy

By George Rice, iCERT.By leveraging readily available technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, carriers can provide public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with better accuracy and dispatchable addresses that can be conveyed quickly to first responders when 911 emergency calls are made, even if the communication is initiated from a wireless device from inside a building....More
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