Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en 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 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