Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en Multistate 911 outage could lead to changes in emergency-calling regulations, operations http://urgentcomm.com/blog/multistate-911-outage-could-lead-changes-emergency-calling-regulations-operations <div class="node-body blog-body">After a state regulator acknowledged that IP-based components of 911 are "interstate in nature," it appears that table is set for the FCC and other federal-government agencies to take a more active role in the evolution to next-generation 911. Whether that comes in the form of regulation, legislation and/or funding remains to be seen, but it is likely that the current 911 landscape--particularly the relationship between carriers and third-party 911 vendors--will change in the near future.</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/multistate-911-outage-could-lead-changes-emergency-calling-regulations-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/multistate-911-outage-could-lead-changes-emergency-calling-regulations-operations#comments Legislation NG-911 PSAP Regulation FCC NENA Urgent Matters Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:10:00 +0000 31411 at http://urgentcomm.com What’s in a name? For FirstNet, “public-safety entity” definition is critical to system planning, business model http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-name-firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-critical-system-planning-business-model <div class="node-body blog-body">On the surface, FirstNet's proceeding asking for input on what should be a "public-safety entity" might sound trivial. In reality, the answer may not be as straightforward as some initially might think, and the final determination promises to have significant ramifications on FirstNet’s network design and self-sustaining funding 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/what-s-name-firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-critical-system-planning-business-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-name-firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-critical-system-planning-business-model#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:53:00 +0000 31231 at http://urgentcomm.com For the latest information about FirstNet, join us for today’s ‘State of the States’ webinar http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-information-about-firstnet-join-us-today-s-state-states-webinar <div class="node-body blog-body">Gain insights about key FirstNet questions from people with firsthand knowledge during today's “State of the States” webinar, which will be conducted today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. </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/latest-information-about-firstnet-join-us-today-s-state-states-webinar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-information-about-firstnet-join-us-today-s-state-states-webinar#comments Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:53:00 +0000 30921 at http://urgentcomm.com Missing FirstNet question may shed light on organization’s early hiring practices http://urgentcomm.com/blog/missing-firstnet-question-may-shed-light-organization-s-early-hiring-practices <div class="node-body blog-body">Whether the hiring practices for consultants/contractors during FirstNet's early days were appropriate may depend largely on your interpretation of FirstNet's status as an "independent authority" under the law approved by Congress in 2012.</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/missing-firstnet-question-may-shed-light-organization-s-early-hiring-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/missing-firstnet-question-may-shed-light-organization-s-early-hiring-practices#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:14:00 +0000 30851 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet takes big steps, but significant decisions still remain http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-takes-big-steps-significant-decisions-still-remain <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet makes tangible progress toward procurement with last week's release of its comprehensive RFI and preliminary legal interpretations. As a result, the time for the FirstNet board to make key decisions regarding network designs and business models is approaching fast.</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-big-steps-significant-decisions-still-remain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-takes-big-steps-significant-decisions-still-remain#comments Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:20:00 +0000 30731 at http://urgentcomm.com Back to the Future? O’Brien notes similarities, differences between past ventures, Pacific DataVision http://urgentcomm.com/blog/back-future-o-brien-notes-similarities-differences-between-past-ventures-pacific-datavision <div class="node-body blog-body">Morgan O’Brien—best known as being the co-founder of Nextel Communications—says he is returning to his roots, this time as vice chairman of Pacific DataVision, which recently purchased 900 MHz spectrum from Sprint that will be used to offer push-to-talk services designed for enterprise dispatch.</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/back-future-o-brien-notes-similarities-differences-between-past-ventures-pacific-datavision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/back-future-o-brien-notes-similarities-differences-between-past-ventures-pacific-datavision#comments Critical Infrastructure Critical Infrastructure Digital Enterprise Operations Urgent Matters Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:29:00 +0000 30661 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet begins new era with revamped board http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-begins-new-era-revamped-board <div class="node-body blog-body">The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning curve, so new members will have to prepare quickly to make key policy decisions in the near future. </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-begins-new-era-revamped-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-begins-new-era-revamped-board#comments Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:48:00 +0000 30611 at http://urgentcomm.com How should DHS spend its R&D dollars? Take this opportunity to let them know http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-should-dhs-spend-its-rd-dollars-take-opportunity-let-them-know <div class="node-body blog-body">As part of its Visionary Goals initiative, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established an online collaboration community at <a href="http://scitech.ideascale.com" title="http://scitech.ideascale.com">http://scitech.ideascale.com</a>, where anyone can submit ideas about a variety of things—from big-picture notions about what should be done to criteria that must be met to technical/political/legal challenges that need to be considered. </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-should-dhs-spend-its-rd-dollars-take-opportunity-let-them-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-should-dhs-spend-its-rd-dollars-take-opportunity-let-them-know#comments Critical Infrastructure Public Safety System Design DHS Urgent Matters Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:58:00 +0000 30351 at http://urgentcomm.com Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/should-firstnet-system-be-designed-inside-out <div class="node-body blog-body">Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability of in-building coverage via DAS or other small-cell technologies could impact the number of macro sites that need to be deployed.</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/should-firstnet-system-be-designed-inside-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/should-firstnet-system-be-designed-inside-out#comments DAS Pico Cells Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design System Installation WLAN FCC NIST/PSCR NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:50:00 +0000 30301 at http://urgentcomm.com 700 MHz narrowband decision from the FCC is needed—quickly http://urgentcomm.com/blog/700-mhz-narrowband-decision-fcc-needed-quickly <div class="node-body blog-body">Hopefully, the FCC will quickly adopt an order eliminating the 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline or extending the deadlines by several years, so entities operating 700 MHz LMR systems do not have to waste scarce resources planning for a project that many doubt will be needed</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/700-mhz-narrowband-decision-fcc-needed-quickly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/700-mhz-narrowband-decision-fcc-needed-quickly#comments Coverage & Interference Narrowbanding Public Safety Regulation Spectrum/Frequency Coordination System Design APCO FCC Urgent Matters Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:08:00 +0000 30181 at http://urgentcomm.com After a decade, an unwanted—but fortunate—absence from APCO 2014 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/after-decade-unwanted-fortunate-absence-apco-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson will miss this week's APCO 2014 show in New Orleans, but he is hopeful that it will allow him to attend many more of these events in the future.</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/after-decade-unwanted-fortunate-absence-apco-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/after-decade-unwanted-fortunate-absence-apco-2014#comments APCO IWCE Urgent Matters Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:19:00 +0000 29801 at http://urgentcomm.com Upcoming webinar promises to provide insights on FirstNet-state relationships http://urgentcomm.com/blog/upcoming-webinar-promises-provide-insights-firstnet-state-relationships <div class="node-body blog-body">Looking for the latest information about FirstNet and key state initiatives? Join us on Wednesday, July 23, for a "State of the States" webinar to gain insights on key topics from representatives from FirstNet, states and a local-government entity. </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/upcoming-webinar-promises-provide-insights-firstnet-state-relationships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/upcoming-webinar-promises-provide-insights-firstnet-state-relationships#comments Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination Regional Planning NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:11:00 +0000 29601 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC broadband initiatives for schools, rural areas could impact future public-safety strategies http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-broadband-initiatives-schools-rural-areas-could-impact-future-public-safety-strategies <div class="node-body blog-body">FCC commissioners have approved items designed to bring broadband to underserved rural areas, as well as to the nation’s schools and libraries. On the surface, neither of these initiatives have anything to do with public safety, but they could have significant impact in some key areas that have been troubling first-responder communications for years.</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-broadband-initiatives-schools-rural-areas-could-impact-future-public-safety-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-broadband-initiatives-schools-rural-areas-could-impact-future-public-safety-strategies#comments NG-911 PSAP Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 29491 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet faces monumental challenge as state consultations get set to begin http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-faces-monumental-challenge-state-consultations-get-set-begin <div class="node-body blog-body">To date, FirstNet has done a good job of keeping all of its options available by not making any commitments regarding its business plan or network design. But some key decisions in at least one of these areas will be needed to make significant progress on the other.</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-faces-monumental-challenge-state-consultations-get-set-begin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-faces-monumental-challenge-state-consultations-get-set-begin#comments Critical Infrastructure Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:18:00 +0000 29331 at http://urgentcomm.com Ten years later, 800 MHz rebanding proves to be an enlightening exercise http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-later-800-mhz-rebanding-proves-be-enlightening-exercise <div class="node-body blog-body">It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is almost complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC established a plan for the spectral reconfiguration of the band. Was it worth the effort?</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/ten-years-later-800-mhz-rebanding-proves-be-enlightening-exercise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-later-800-mhz-rebanding-proves-be-enlightening-exercise#comments Land-Mobile Radio Coverage & Interference Regulation Rebanding FCC Urgent Matters Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:50:00 +0000 29291 at http://urgentcomm.com