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Jul 14, 2016
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Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold federal funds could stop this, but only if the federal government begins providing substantial 911 monies....More
Jul 12, 2016
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‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice 3

Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations. But the use of remote-controlled "bomb robot" in Dallas to deliver lethal force to the suspected gunman should cause many to reconsider any perceptions about the need for mission-critical data connectivity during times of crisis....More
Jul 5, 2016
Commentary

FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials 1

FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and distributed. But balancing the desire for transparency and the need for security during these processes could prove challenging....More
Jul 7, 2016
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Coming soon to a computer near you: Free educational opportunities from IWCE

IWCE has nine awesome educational opportunities for you to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing world of communications technology—and they are all free....More
Jun 28, 2016
Commentary

Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface 2

After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the FIrstNet system would compete with existing commercial telecom providers. Yes, it will—just as Congress ordered when it established FirstNet more than four years ago....More

If expense is not an issue, should wearable cameras be used by law enforcement?


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