Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Glenn Bischoff and Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en Incentive-auction rules could impact FirstNet funding, unlicensed use http://urgentcomm.com/blog/incentive-auction-rules-could-impact-firstnet-funding-unlicensed-use <div class="node-body blog-body">TV broadcasters and commercial carriers are understandably interested in the FCC's rules for the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum next year, but other sectors of the wireless market--particularly public safety and those pursuing strategies in the TV white spaces--have a lot at stake, as well.</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/incentive-auction-rules-could-impact-firstnet-funding-unlicensed-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/incentive-auction-rules-could-impact-firstnet-funding-unlicensed-use#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation TV White Spaces FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:22:00 +0000 27621 at http://urgentcomm.com Boston Marathon bombings a reminder of what’s at stake with public-safety initiatives http://urgentcomm.com/blog/boston-marathon-bombings-reminder-what-s-stake-public-safety-initiatives <div class="node-body blog-body">In the wake of yesterday's successful running of the Boston Marathon, we remember the tragic bombing at the event last year and need for first responders to have access to the information they need as quickly as possible through a variety of technological platforms.</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/boston-marathon-bombings-reminder-what-s-stake-public-safety-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/boston-marathon-bombings-reminder-what-s-stake-public-safety-initiatives#comments Fixed Interoperability Law Enforcement Topics Urgent Matters Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 27571 at http://urgentcomm.com Telecommunicators’ role in public-safety communications more vital than ever http://urgentcomm.com/blog/telecommunicators-role-public-safety-communications-more-vital-ever <div class="node-body blog-body">As National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is celebrated, it is a time to recognize the efforts of 911 telecommunicators and the potential impact they can have in the effective migration to next-generation platforms that will support emergency text, data, photo and video communications,</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/telecommunicators-role-public-safety-communications-more-vital-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/telecommunicators-role-public-safety-communications-more-vital-ever#comments PSAP Urgent Matters Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:39:00 +0000 27511 at http://urgentcomm.com D’Agostino leaves large shoes to fill for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/d-agostino-leaves-large-shoes-fill-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">In the wake of FirstNet General Manager Bill D'Agostino's resignation, the FirstNet board faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement willing to tackle a position that is even more challenging than it appeared to be when D'Agostino accepted the job a year 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/d-agostino-leaves-large-shoes-fill-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/d-agostino-leaves-large-shoes-fill-firstnet#comments Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:51:00 +0000 27451 at http://urgentcomm.com Industry’s LMR loyalties remain, but rapid LTE development continues http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-s-lmr-loyalties-remain-rapid-lte-development-continues <div class="node-body blog-body">LMR may be the mission-critical voice technology for years to come, but many industry players are taking bold steps to ensure that they are prepared for an LTE-centric future, as well.</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/industry-s-lmr-loyalties-remain-rapid-lte-development-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-s-lmr-loyalties-remain-rapid-lte-development-continues#comments P25 Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet IWCE NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:27:00 +0000 27391 at http://urgentcomm.com Brazil serves as a reminder that LMR-LTE convergence issues not limited to U.S. http://urgentcomm.com/blog/brazil-serves-reminder-lmr-lte-convergence-issues-not-limited-us <div class="node-body blog-body">Brazilian Army General Antonino dos Santos Guerra (pictured above on left) says comparing the functionality of LMR to LTE is "like listening to a game on radio versus watching it on TV."</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/brazil-serves-reminder-lmr-lte-convergence-issues-not-limited-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/brazil-serves-reminder-lmr-lte-convergence-issues-not-limited-us#comments P25 Public Safety IWCE Motorola Solutions Urgent Matters Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:26:00 +0000 27281 at http://urgentcomm.com IWCE panel reveals steep hill to climb for states choosing opt-out route http://urgentcomm.com/blog/iwce-panel-reveals-steep-hill-climb-states-choosing-opt-out-route <div class="node-body blog-body">IWCE panel details various steps involved in the FirstNet opt-in/opt-out decision that each governor will have to make, including some factors that may have been overlooked before.</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-panel-reveals-steep-hill-climb-states-choosing-opt-out-route" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/iwce-panel-reveals-steep-hill-climb-states-choosing-opt-out-route#comments Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet IWCE NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:20:00 +0000 27151 at http://urgentcomm.com American Tower makes its public-safety partnership case—and not just for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/american-tower-makes-its-public-safety-partnership-case-and-not-just-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">While working with commercial tower companies may be natural for an entity like FirstNet, American Tower officials insist that it also wants to work with public-safety entities today in an effort to help them generate revenue streams from existing assets that can help pay for needs today, including upgrades to LMR systems.</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/american-tower-makes-its-public-safety-partnership-case-and-not-just-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/american-tower-makes-its-public-safety-partnership-case-and-not-just-firstnet#comments Land-Mobile Radio Tower & Site Funding Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:02:00 +0000 26941 at http://urgentcomm.com Latest FirstNet meetings offer encouraging signs http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-firstnet-meetings-offer-encouraging-signs <div class="node-body blog-body">While they may have lacked the kind of detail that many in the industry crave, the latest FirstNet meetings included positive signs in several notable areas.</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-firstnet-meetings-offer-encouraging-signs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-firstnet-meetings-offer-encouraging-signs#comments Land-Mobile Radio Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:45:00 +0000 26771 at http://urgentcomm.com Delivering solutions, not just equipment, crucial for modern-day radio dealers http://urgentcomm.com/blog/delivering-solutions-not-just-equipment-crucial-modern-day-radio-dealers <div class="node-body blog-body">Selling boxes simply isn’t enough for radio dealers to thrive in today’s ever-changing communications environment, according to Patrick Hobby, owner of QDS Communications, which invented the SchoolSAFE solution.</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/delivering-solutions-not-just-equipment-crucial-modern-day-radio-dealers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/delivering-solutions-not-just-equipment-crucial-modern-day-radio-dealers#comments DMR P25 System Design Motorola Solutions Urgent Matters Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:25:00 +0000 26671 at http://urgentcomm.com