Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en Put away the PowerPoints, next-gen 911 capabilities are real http://urgentcomm.com/blog/put-away-powerpoints-next-gen-911-capabilities-are-real <div class="node-body blog-body">After years of talking and planning, next-generation 911 capabilities are being deployed in the field.</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/put-away-powerpoints-next-gen-911-capabilities-are-real" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/put-away-powerpoints-next-gen-911-capabilities-are-real#comments NG-911 Intrado Urgent Matters Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:06:00 +0000 36691 at http://urgentcomm.com Could federal-procurement rules result in FirstNet getting ‘snookered’ in deal with partners? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/could-federal-procurement-rules-result-firstnet-getting-snookered-deal-partners <div class="node-body blog-body">Congress was careful to stipulate that FirstNet's board include members with telecom backgrounds. However, there are questions whether federal-procurement rules will let those with such expertise participate in the RFP decision-making process. If they can't, FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson says FirstNet will have to take steps to make sure its doesn't get "snookered" in an deal with a winning bidder or bidders.</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/could-federal-procurement-rules-result-firstnet-getting-snookered-deal-partners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/could-federal-procurement-rules-result-firstnet-getting-snookered-deal-partners#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:19:00 +0000 36531 at http://urgentcomm.com Opt-out scenarios from FirstNet appear increasingly tough for states, territories http://urgentcomm.com/blog/opt-out-scenarios-firstnet-appear-increasingly-tough-states-territories <div class="node-body blog-body">Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access network (RAN) in their jurisdictions. However, the risks associated with opt-out logistical issues, financial implications and potential political fallout may outweigh potential benefits to the governors making the decisions.</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/opt-out-scenarios-firstnet-appear-increasingly-tough-states-territories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/opt-out-scenarios-firstnet-appear-increasingly-tough-states-territories#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:48:00 +0000 36371 at http://urgentcomm.com Changes in public-safety communications are happening quickly—and acceleration is likely in the forecast http://urgentcomm.com/blog/changes-public-safety-communications-are-happening-quickly-and-acceleration-likely-forecast <div class="node-body blog-body">Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the next several years, driven largely by developments in FirstNet and next-generation 911.</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/changes-public-safety-communications-are-happening-quickly-and-acceleration-likely-forecast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/changes-public-safety-communications-are-happening-quickly-and-acceleration-likely-forecast#comments NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Cassidian NTIA/FirstNet Motorola Solutions Urgent Matters Tue, 26 May 2015 20:37:00 +0000 36111 at http://urgentcomm.com Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model http://urgentcomm.com/blog/process-states-opt-out-opportunity-complicates-firstnet-business-model <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-making process by states and territories create even more problems?</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/process-states-opt-out-opportunity-complicates-firstnet-business-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/process-states-opt-out-opportunity-complicates-firstnet-business-model#comments Coverage & Interference Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 19 May 2015 18:59:00 +0000 36031 at http://urgentcomm.com GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors http://urgentcomm.com/blog/gao-report-identifies-several-firstnet-challenges-ignores-multiple-key-factors <div class="node-body blog-body">In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet. However, it missed some big factors that could impact FirstNet, including the potential impact that mission-critical voice over LTE could have on public-safety adoption.</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/gao-report-identifies-several-firstnet-challenges-ignores-multiple-key-factors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/gao-report-identifies-several-firstnet-challenges-ignores-multiple-key-factors#comments Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:34:00 +0000 35651 at http://urgentcomm.com Go, or No Go? New LA-RICS public-safety LTE plan gives NTIA, FirstNet a lot to consider http://urgentcomm.com/blog/go-or-no-go-new-la-rics-public-safety-lte-plan-gives-ntia-firstnet-lot-consider <div class="node-body blog-body">There has been no decision yet from NTIA about the fate of the LA-RICS public-safety LTE project. That's understandable, because there are a lot of factors to consider.</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/go-or-no-go-new-la-rics-public-safety-lte-plan-gives-ntia-firstnet-lot-consider" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/go-or-no-go-new-la-rics-public-safety-lte-plan-gives-ntia-firstnet-lot-consider#comments Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:33:00 +0000 35581 at http://urgentcomm.com 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