Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en 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> <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-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> <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/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> <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/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> <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/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> <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/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 IWCE 2016 showcases signs of real convergence, not just hype http://urgentcomm.com/blog/iwce-2016-showcases-signs-real-convergence-not-just-hype <div class="node-body blog-body">The intersection between traditional critical communications and the commercial telecom arena that was on display at IWCE 2016 last week took the trend to a new level, with convergence being manifested in ways that seemed unimaginable even a few years ago.</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/iwce-2016-showcases-signs-real-convergence-not-just-hype" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/iwce-2016-showcases-signs-real-convergence-not-just-hype#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet IWCE Urgent Matters Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:46:00 +0000 44221 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet deserves kudos for high-profile role since RFP release, including at IWCE 2016 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-deserves-kudos-high-profile-role-rfp-release-including-iwce-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">When FirstNet released its RFP in January, some industry observers expected the organization to go silent, in an effort to avoid missteps that might result in a legal challenge. Thankfully, that has not been the case, with the latest example being FirstNet's robust participation in sessions at IWCE 2016.</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-deserves-kudos-high-profile-role-rfp-release-including-iwce-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-deserves-kudos-high-profile-role-rfp-release-including-iwce-2016#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet IWCE Urgent Matters Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:19:00 +0000 44161 at http://urgentcomm.com Governors likely will be missing key FirstNet data point, making opt-out decision even more precarious http://urgentcomm.com/blog/governors-likely-will-be-missing-key-firstnet-data-point-making-opt-out-decision-even-more-prec <div class="node-body blog-body">By all accounts, states and territories that pursue the FirstNet opt-out alternative will face difficult timelines and logistical challenges. In addition, it appears that these jurisdictions will lack a key piece of financial information—how much value the FirstNet contractor has placed on the state—as they try to navigate the opt-out process.</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/governors-likely-will-be-missing-key-firstnet-data-point-making-opt-out-decision-even-more-prec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/governors-likely-will-be-missing-key-firstnet-data-point-making-opt-out-decision-even-more-prec#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000 43831 at http://urgentcomm.com Will other states follow New Hampshire’s lead and conduct their own RFPs for public-safety LTE? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/will-other-states-follow-new-hampshire-s-lead-and-conduct-their-own-rfps-public-safety-lte <div class="node-body blog-body">The state of New Hampshire announced that it received five bids in response to its request for proposal (RFP) to build a statewide public-safety LTE system. Now, officials in many of the other 55 states and territories likely are asking whether they also should follow the RFP path blazed by New Hampshire.</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/will-other-states-follow-new-hampshire-s-lead-and-conduct-their-own-rfps-public-safety-lte" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/will-other-states-follow-new-hampshire-s-lead-and-conduct-their-own-rfps-public-safety-lte#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:37:00 +0000 43201 at http://urgentcomm.com Latest attacks underscore need for cybersecurity in next-generation critical communications http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-attacks-underscore-need-cybersecurity-next-generation-critical-communications <div class="node-body blog-body">During the past week, more examples of hackers compromising high-profile networks have hit the news. These scenarios should serve as a reminder how important it is that critical-communications systems like FirstNet, next-generation 911 and smart grids have appropriate cybersecurity solutions in place.</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-attacks-underscore-need-cybersecurity-next-generation-critical-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-attacks-underscore-need-cybersecurity-next-generation-critical-communications#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Federal Government/Military Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security Security State & Local Government Tracking, Monitoring & Control NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:39:00 +0000 42931 at http://urgentcomm.com