Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en FirstNet’s role as spectrum licensee critical as states consider opt-out alternative http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-role-spectrum-licensee-critical-states-consider-opt-out-alternative <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet's relationship with opt-out states or territories is explored in a public notice released last week. It includes a lot of legal detail, but interested parties should remember the fundamentals associated with FirstNet's role as the spectrum licensee. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-role-spectrum-licensee-critical-states-consider-opt-out-alternative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-role-spectrum-licensee-critical-states-consider-opt-out-alternative#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government FCC IWCE NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:25:00 +0000 34121 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet takes first step toward getting down to business http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-takes-first-step-toward-getting-down-business <div class="node-body blog-body">Does FirstNet have the right to take excess revenue generated in an “opt-out” state to use elsewhere in the nation? The answer promises to have a significant impact on FirstNet’s business mode, how bidders approach FirstNet’s final request for proposal (RFP), and the relationship between FirstNet and the states/territories.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-takes-first-step-toward-getting-down-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-takes-first-step-toward-getting-down-business#comments Funding Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Planning NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:10:00 +0000 33861 at http://urgentcomm.com Arizona outage highlights need for strong network design, monitoring capability in critical communications http://urgentcomm.com/blog/arizona-outage-highlights-need-strong-network-design-monitoring-capability-critical-communicati <div class="node-body blog-body">When a single conduit housing multiple fiber lines was cut last week, much of northern Arizona was unable to access the Internet, call 911, use cellular devices, pay with credit cards or get cash from ATMs for about 15 hours, according to multiple news reports. The episode should serve as a reminder of the necessity for reliability and diversity characteristics in critical networks that cannot afford downtime.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/arizona-outage-highlights-need-strong-network-design-monitoring-capability-critical-communicati" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/arizona-outage-highlights-need-strong-network-design-monitoring-capability-critical-communicati#comments Power Critical Infrastructure Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design Tracking, Monitoring & Control NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:50:00 +0000 33771 at http://urgentcomm.com Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-years-after-its-creation-it-time-firstnet-begin-making-key-decisions <div class="node-body blog-body">Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had hoped. However, most of the main components appear to be in place, so 2015 should see the FirstNet board make key decisions about the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-years-after-its-creation-it-time-firstnet-begin-making-key-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-years-after-its-creation-it-time-firstnet-begin-making-key-decisions#comments 3GPP Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design System Installation NPSTC Urgent Matters Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:32:00 +0000 33651 at http://urgentcomm.com How many PSAPs do we need? O’Rielly’s challenge could portend a new era for 911 operations http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-many-psaps-do-we-need-o-rielly-s-challenge-could-portend-new-era-911-operations <div class="node-body blog-body">FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly last week suggested that a task force consider massive consolidation of the nation's 5,900 public-safety answering points (PSAPs). Whether O'Rielly is seeking physical or virtual consolidation of 911 call centers could determine the practicality of his vision.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-many-psaps-do-we-need-o-rielly-s-challenge-could-portend-new-era-911-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-many-psaps-do-we-need-o-rielly-s-challenge-could-portend-new-era-911-operations#comments NG-911 PSAP Regulation System Design FCC Urgent Matters Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:37:00 +0000 33301 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC wireless 911 location-accuracy rules should demand accountability, long-term improvement http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-wireless-911-location-accuracy-rules-should-demand-accountability-long-term-improvement <div class="node-body blog-body">FCC commissioners have a lot to consider as they establish much-needed rules for location accuracy associated with 911 calls. Hopefully, they make wise choices, because countless lives will depend on it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-wireless-911-location-accuracy-rules-should-demand-accountability-long-term-improvement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-wireless-911-location-accuracy-rules-should-demand-accountability-long-term-improvement#comments In-Building NG-911 PSAP Regulation System Design Test and Measurement FCC Urgent Matters Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:48:00 +0000 33181 at http://urgentcomm.com PDV’s 900 MHz LMR-to-broadband proposal could be crossroads for critical-infrastructure comms http://urgentcomm.com/blog/pdv-s-900-mhz-lmr-broadband-proposal-could-be-crossroads-critical-infrastructure-comms <div class="node-body blog-body">Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to such users, if technical issues are addressed and the prioritization commitments are made. At this junction, these critical-infrastructure groups need as many broadband options as possible.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/pdv-s-900-mhz-lmr-broadband-proposal-could-be-crossroads-critical-infrastructure-comms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/pdv-s-900-mhz-lmr-broadband-proposal-could-be-crossroads-critical-infrastructure-comms#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Critical Infrastructure Critical Infrastructure Regulation Spectrum/Frequency Coordination Transportation Rebanding FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:02:00 +0000 32941 at http://urgentcomm.com Dramatic changes in LTE landscape bust myths, provide FirstNet with new options http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dramatic-changes-lte-landscape-bust-myths-provide-firstnet-new-options <div class="node-body blog-body">The commercial wireless industry has experienced a remarkable amount of change in recent years with the deployment of LTE and other technologies, shattering many long-held assumptions about the industry. The impact of these changes seem certain to impact FirstNet officials as key decision are made this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dramatic-changes-lte-landscape-bust-myths-provide-firstnet-new-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dramatic-changes-lte-landscape-bust-myths-provide-firstnet-new-options#comments Commercial Coverage & Interference Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:50:00 +0000 32791 at http://urgentcomm.com Gifts of clarity would be huge for critical communications in 2015 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/gifts-clarity-would-be-huge-critical-communications-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Aside from a bunch of money, most of the best gifts for the critical-communications sector for 2015 involve clarity, so the various stakeholders are equipped to make decisions for future plans. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/gifts-clarity-would-be-huge-critical-communications-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/gifts-clarity-would-be-huge-critical-communications-2015#comments Cybersecurity Funding Legislation Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation System Design FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:08:00 +0000 32661 at http://urgentcomm.com It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-busy-time-911-practitioners-should-share-their-location-accuracy-opinions-fcc <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-busy-time-911-practitioners-should-share-their-location-accuracy-opinions-fcc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-busy-time-911-practitioners-should-share-their-location-accuracy-opinions-fcc#comments Dispatch Personnel Tracking Regulation Small Cells WLAN FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:46:00 +0000 32581 at http://urgentcomm.com With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans#comments Federal Government/Military Legislation Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NIST/PSCR NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:43:00 +0000 32411 at http://urgentcomm.com Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show http://urgentcomm.com/blog/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show#comments IWCE Urgent Matters Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:27:00 +0000 32401 at http://urgentcomm.com Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go#comments Interoperability Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:09:00 +0000 32261 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet ‘public-safety entity’ definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear#comments Critical Infrastructure Interoperability Interoperability Legislation Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:08:00 +0000 32181 at http://urgentcomm.com AWS-3 auction bidding bodes well for FirstNet’s short-term funding, long-term sustainability opportunities http://urgentcomm.com/blog/aws-3-auction-bidding-bodes-well-firstnet-s-short-term-funding-long-term-sustainability-opportu <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/urgent-matters">Urgent Matters</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/aws-3-auction-bidding-bodes-well-firstnet-s-short-term-funding-long-term-sustainability-opportu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/aws-3-auction-bidding-bodes-well-firstnet-s-short-term-funding-long-term-sustainability-opportu#comments Funding Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:46:00 +0000 32071 at http://urgentcomm.com