Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming <div class="node-body blog-body">It may be tough to pinpoint exactly when everything will happen, but all signs point to significant changes on the horizon throughout the critical-communications industry. It's time to get ready for an exciting-but-bumpy ride.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Spectrum/Frequency Coordination FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 26 May 2016 21:54:00 +0000 46071 at http://urgentcomm.com Anticipation increases as FirstNet-proposal countdown hits the one-week mark http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet proposals are due in a week, on May 31. What will we learn on that day, and during the weeks that follow?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 24 May 2016 15:31:00 +0000 45991 at http://urgentcomm.com Ten years after O’Brien proposal, there is light at the end of the tunnel for public-safety broadband communications http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications <div class="node-body blog-body">Today marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan O’Brien unveiling his public-safety broadband vision during his IWCE 2006 keynote. Things did not progress as O'Brien outlined at the time, but many of the core principles presented that day are now part of FirstNet, which in two weeks is scheduled to receive proposals from teams willing to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 17 May 2016 13:57:00 +0000 45831 at http://urgentcomm.com Decision makers need to consider many layers when determining future role of mission-critical voice over LTE http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o <div class="node-body blog-body">Will mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE replace LMR services for first responders? The answer is not clear, but it is important that decisions are made based on accurate information, not on outdated statements that do not reflect recent technological developments.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o#comments Land-Mobile Radio Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design Urgent Matters Thu, 12 May 2016 14:51:00 +0000 45731 at http://urgentcomm.com As technology changes rapidly, policies lag too far behind http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind <div class="node-body blog-body">A lot is happening in the technology arena, with innovations happening constantly in the IP and wireless sectors. But policy development lags well behind technology advances, and that could be dangerous as the new applications are used in more critical settings.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind#comments Coverage & Interference Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Machine-to-Machine NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Harris NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 05 May 2016 19:09:00 +0000 45601 at http://urgentcomm.com Could cybersecurity issues undermine migration efforts to IP-based solutions? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/could-cybersecurity-issues-undermine-migration-efforts-ip-based-solutions <div class="node-body blog-body">Internet Protocol (IP) has revolutionized the communications industry, enabling significantly greater functionality and lower costs than many would have dreamed possible even two decades ago. Will the growing cybersecurity problem prevent IP-based solutions from reaching their full potential?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/could-cybersecurity-issues-undermine-migration-efforts-ip-based-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/could-cybersecurity-issues-undermine-migration-efforts-ip-based-solutions#comments Cybersecurity Interoperability NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:22:00 +0000 44991 at http://urgentcomm.com Here’s the aspect of FirstNet’s independence that should matter most to public-safety agencies, potential offerors http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-s-aspect-firstnet-s-independence-should-matter-most-public-safety-agencies-potential-offer <div class="node-body blog-body">Questions about FirstNet’s status as an “independent authority” have existed since the organization was created four years ago. While the legal debate continues, the current procurement process raises another question: If FirstNet is financially independent as outlined in the RFP and is immune to government shutdowns, do the legal details really matter to key stakeholders?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-s-aspect-firstnet-s-independence-should-matter-most-public-safety-agencies-potential-offer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-s-aspect-firstnet-s-independence-should-matter-most-public-safety-agencies-potential-offer#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:14:00 +0000 44891 at http://urgentcomm.com When do people ‘need to know’ about FirstNet? The sooner, the better http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-do-people-need-know-about-firstnet-sooner-better <div class="node-body blog-body">As FirstNet continues to make progress toward selecting a contractor, state and local entities could be just a year away from making important short-term and long-term choices regarding public-safety communications. Conducting outreach to key stakeholders in the interim could be key to those decisions being made with the best information possible.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-do-people-need-know-about-firstnet-sooner-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-do-people-need-know-about-firstnet-sooner-better#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:47:00 +0000 44621 at http://urgentcomm.com Will mission-critical PTT be FirstNet’s ‘killer app’? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/will-mission-critical-ptt-be-firstnet-s-killer-app <div class="node-body blog-body">With all of the broadband functionality promised by public-safety LTE, could mission-critical push-to-talk—a decidedly narrowband technology—be FirstNet's "killer app" that drives public-safety adoption?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/will-mission-critical-ptt-be-firstnet-s-killer-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/will-mission-critical-ptt-be-firstnet-s-killer-app#comments Land-Mobile Radio 3GPP Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:18:00 +0000 44531 at http://urgentcomm.com Here are some notes about FirstNet that you may not have known before IWCE 2016 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-are-some-notes-about-firstnet-you-may-not-have-known-iwce-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">Responses to FirstNet's RFP are due on May 13, but there still was plenty of new information shared about the proposed public-safety broadband network during the recent IWCE 2016 conference.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-are-some-notes-about-firstnet-you-may-not-have-known-iwce-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-are-some-notes-about-firstnet-you-may-not-have-known-iwce-2016#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:38:00 +0000 44471 at http://urgentcomm.com