Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en 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 Differences on ‘public-safety entity’ definition may be addressable by FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/differences-public-safety-entity-definition-may-be-addressable-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">In recent filings with FirstNet regarding the definition of a "public-safety entity" that would be eligible for priority-access consideration, commercial wireless carrier AT&T and utilities associations approach the matter very differently, but their final conclusions include a lot of similarities.</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/differences-public-safety-entity-definition-may-be-addressable-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/differences-public-safety-entity-definition-may-be-addressable-firstnet#comments Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation Transportation Utility NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:35:00 +0000 31881 at http://urgentcomm.com 911 funding models should reflect modern communications trends http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-funding-models-should-reflect-modern-communications-trends <div class="node-body blog-body">There seems to be consensus agreement that the funding model for 911 needs to change in many states and locations, but exactly how it should be done—and whether the federal government should be part of the equation, particularly as we migrate to next-gen 911—promises to be a lively debate for some time. Please join us tomorrow for a free webinar to be part of this important dialog.</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/911-funding-models-should-reflect-modern-communications-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-funding-models-should-reflect-modern-communications-trends#comments Dispatch Funding NG-911 PSAP Urgent Matters Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:15:00 +0000 31811 at http://urgentcomm.com Utilities facing communications crossroads; listen to webinar to learn more about the options http://urgentcomm.com/blog/utilities-facing-communications-crossroads-listen-webinar-learn-more-about-options <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s an exciting time in the utility industry, with smart-grid technologies promising new levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality. Tune into a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 6, to gain valuable insights from three experts about the various options--and challenges--facing the industry.</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/utilities-facing-communications-crossroads-listen-webinar-learn-more-about-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/utilities-facing-communications-crossroads-listen-webinar-learn-more-about-options#comments Dispatch Analog Critical Infrastructure Digital System Installation Utility UTC Urgent Matters Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:13:00 +0000 31681 at http://urgentcomm.com 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