Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans <div class="node-body blog-body">With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead, lawmakers should ensure that the problems cited in the IG report have been resolved and let FirstNet proceed on its current roadmap for deploying a much-needed 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/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ig-report-rearview-mirror-its-time-let-firstnet-pursue-its-plans#comments Federal Government/Military Legislation Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NIST/PSCR NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:43:00 +0000 32411 at http://urgentcomm.com Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show http://urgentcomm.com/blog/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s not too late to participate in the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show—you can register here (for free) and, within minutes, you can participate in all of the activities. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time, use the interactive platform to visit our sponsors’ virtual booths, network with colleagues and listen to a series of educational webinar sessions.</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/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/join-us-today-2014-iwce-virtual-show#comments IWCE Urgent Matters Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:27:00 +0000 32401 at http://urgentcomm.com Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go <div class="node-body blog-body">It would be a shame to have FirstNet build a public-safety broadband system, only to find that first responders were not prepared to use it operationally. The good news is that the much-needed dialog about prioritization, preemption and other key operational issues appears to be getting started in earnest.</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/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/dialogue-prioritization-preemption-other-meaningful-response-operations-needed-make-firstnet-go#comments Interoperability Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:09:00 +0000 32261 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet ‘public-safety entity’ definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Will Congress will consider FirstNet a success, if police, fire and EMS are able to communicate fabulously throughout an incident, but their effectiveness was limited by the fact that they did not have robust, reliable communications with other key critical-infrastructure players involved in the response because of a narrow "public-safety entity" definition? I don't think so.</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-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-public-safety-entity-definition-should-be-broad-prioritization-policies-must-be-clear#comments Critical Infrastructure Interoperability Interoperability Legislation Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:08:00 +0000 32181 at http://urgentcomm.com 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