Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en 10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor http://urgentcomm.com/blog/10-questions-people-want-answered-when-firstnet-names-its-contractor <div class="node-body blog-body">While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety broadband network, here are some key questions that interested parties hope will be addressed when the announcement is made.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/10-questions-people-want-answered-when-firstnet-names-its-contractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/10-questions-people-want-answered-when-firstnet-names-its-contractor#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:48:00 +0000 48601 at http://urgentcomm.com What could go wrong? Here are some sources of potential unwanted delays in FirstNet deployment http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-could-go-wrong-here-are-some-sources-potential-unwanted-delays-firstnet-deployment <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that could create unwanted delays.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-could-go-wrong-here-are-some-sources-potential-unwanted-delays-firstnet-deployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-could-go-wrong-here-are-some-sources-potential-unwanted-delays-firstnet-deployment#comments Federal Government/Military Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:09:00 +0000 48391 at http://urgentcomm.com Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-ddos-attack-exposes-significant-security-vulnerability-associated-some-iot-devices <div class="node-body blog-body">Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the tech industry, as lackluster security on many Internet of Things (IoT) devices is being cited as a key reason the attack was possible.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-ddos-attack-exposes-significant-security-vulnerability-associated-some-iot-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/latest-ddos-attack-exposes-significant-security-vulnerability-associated-some-iot-devices#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security Security Urgent Matters Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:47:00 +0000 48321 at http://urgentcomm.com What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-elimination-pdvwireless-may-indicate-about-timing-overall-firstnet-project <div class="node-body blog-body">Just two weeks before FirstNet's target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer in contention. A review of federal procurement rules reveals that the notification also may indicate that Nov. 1 is not a realistic date to unveil the contractor—and that's OK, as long as the procurement is executed properly.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-elimination-pdvwireless-may-indicate-about-timing-overall-firstnet-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-elimination-pdvwireless-may-indicate-about-timing-overall-firstnet-project#comments Federal Government/Military Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:17:00 +0000 48281 at http://urgentcomm.com Some in-building policy coordination today could reap big communications benefits in the future http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-building-policy-coordination-today-could-reap-big-communications-benefits-future <div class="node-body blog-body">If in-building efforts and reliability standards can be aligned effectively, the potential impact for both public-safety and commercial communications could be tremendous.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-building-policy-coordination-today-could-reap-big-communications-benefits-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-building-policy-coordination-today-could-reap-big-communications-benefits-future#comments In-Building Coverage & Interference Policy Standards System Design System Installation FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:11:00 +0000 48211 at http://urgentcomm.com State RFPs for FirstNet highlight intriguing issues for public safety’s 700 MHz narrowband spectrum http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-rfps-firstnet-highlight-intriguing-issues-public-safety-s-700-mhz-narrowband-spectrum <div class="node-body blog-body">Many in public safety have expressed resistance to the notion that some states are exploring the notion of migrating 700 MHz public-safety narrowband spectrum to broadband use, citing legitimate concerns. But the reality is that public safety needs to examine all options to better utilize this band, or it could risk losing this very valuable spectrum. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-rfps-firstnet-highlight-intriguing-issues-public-safety-s-700-mhz-narrowband-spectrum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-rfps-firstnet-highlight-intriguing-issues-public-safety-s-700-mhz-narrowband-spectrum#comments Policy FCC NPSTC Urgent Matters Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:54:00 +0000 48121 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet education is crucial, but it does not lend itself to sound bites, elevator pitches http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-education-crucial-it-does-not-lend-itself-sound-bites-elevator-pitches <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet is important, but educating officials, public safety and the general public about this unprecedented initiative may be easier said than done.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-education-crucial-it-does-not-lend-itself-sound-bites-elevator-pitches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-education-crucial-it-does-not-lend-itself-sound-bites-elevator-pitches#comments Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:21:00 +0000 47981 at http://urgentcomm.com Congress needs to update the Communications Act—quickly http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-update-communications-act-quickly <div class="node-body blog-body">Technology has changed dramatically during the past 20 years, and Congress needs to pass laws reflecting this new world of communications.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-update-communications-act-quickly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-update-communications-act-quickly#comments NG-911 Policy FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:28:00 +0000 47831 at http://urgentcomm.com Don’t be too quick to judge New Hampshire harshly for signing deal with Rivada http://urgentcomm.com/blog/don-t-be-too-quick-judge-new-hampshire-harshly-signing-deal-rivada <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, New Hampshire signed an agreement with Rivada Networks to build the RAN in its state, if it decides to opt out of FirstNet. Did the state jump the gun, or was it merely keeping its options open?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/don-t-be-too-quick-judge-new-hampshire-harshly-signing-deal-rivada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/don-t-be-too-quick-judge-new-hampshire-harshly-signing-deal-rivada#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:52:00 +0000 47821 at http://urgentcomm.com Body-worn-camera policies provide a glimpse of future technology-related challenges http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-camera-policies-provide-glimpse-future-technology-related-challenges <div class="node-body blog-body">It is exciting to imagine the possibilities that technologies like drones and the Internet of Things could bring to public safety. However, the policy difficulties associated with the deployment of body-worn cameras should serve as a reminder that implementation can be much more complicated than most envision initially.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-camera-policies-provide-glimpse-future-technology-related-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-camera-policies-provide-glimpse-future-technology-related-challenges#comments Policy Urgent Matters Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:09:00 +0000 47681 at http://urgentcomm.com Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Sue Swenson's reappointment as chairwoman of FirstNet should be viewed as a big win for public safety, based on Swenson's contributions to date and her expertise in operating wireless networks.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:02:00 +0000 47531 at http://urgentcomm.com When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety personnel in the field want the information that broadband applications can deliver, but they often need to keep their heads up and their hands free, precluding the use of typical consumer devices. Motorola Solutions' proof-of-concept virtual-reality demonstration featuring Eyefluence technology may provide the seed of a solution to this problem.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design APCO Motorola Solutions Urgent Matters Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:33:00 +0000 47471 at http://urgentcomm.com APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’ http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat <div class="node-body blog-body">Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet APCO NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:41:00 +0000 47391 at http://urgentcomm.com Comprehensive discussions needed in several key areas as communications-industry evolution accelerates http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It wasn&rsquo;t a long passage, and it probably was overlooked by most who watched the FCC recently pass rules associated with spectrum above 27 GHz that is expected to be critical to the deployment of 5G wireless technology in the United States. But FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel started what hopefully becomes a much more detailed discussion on an important subject: in-building wireless coverage.</p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate#comments Policy Urgent Matters Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:54:00 +0000 47201 at http://urgentcomm.com RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT&T announcement that it is leading a FirstNet bidding team means that the RFP process has at least three competitors, which should be good news for public safety.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:08:00 +0000 47171 at http://urgentcomm.com