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Nov 24, 2014

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

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
Nov 13, 2014

Differences on ‘public-safety entity’ definition may be addressable by FirstNet 1

In recent filings with FirstNet regarding the definition of a "public-safety entity" that would be eligible for priority-access consideration, commercial wireless carrier AT&T and utilities associations approach the matter very differently, but their final conclusions include a lot of similarities....More
Nov 13, 2014

IWCE: Stacey Orlick discusses conference highlights for 2015 live event, Dec. 11 virtual trade show

Stacey Orlick, event and content director for IWCE, discusses the featured tracks for the IWCE 2015 live event in March, as well as what attendee can expect from the IWCE VIrtual Trade Show event on Dec. 11....More
Nov 11, 2014

911 funding models should reflect modern communications trends

There seems to be consensus agreement that the funding model for 911 needs to change in many states and locations, but exactly how it should be done—and whether the federal government should be part of the equation, particularly as we migrate to next-gen 911—promises to be a lively debate for some time. Please join us tomorrow for a free webinar to be part of this important dialog....More
Nov 4, 2014

Utilities facing communications crossroads; listen to webinar to learn more about the options

It’s an exciting time in the utility industry, with smart-grid technologies promising new levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality. Tune into a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 6, to gain valuable insights from three experts about the various options--and challenges--facing the industry....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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