Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en Government officials anxious for FirstNet clarity while contemplating long-term plans http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans <div class="node-body blog-body">Public safety may have the greatest interest in the outcome of a court decision that could clarify when FirstNet will be able to award its nationwide contract, but many other sectors also could be impacted.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans#comments Long-Term Evolution Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:21:00 +0000 49431 at http://urgentcomm.com Five years later, public safety can see a light at the end of FirstNet tunnel http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel <div class="node-body blog-body">It has been five years since FirstNet was established. Will it be worth the wait?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:28:00 +0000 49351 at http://urgentcomm.com All eyes on court as decision time approaches in FirstNet case http://urgentcomm.com/blog/all-eyes-court-decision-time-approaches-firstnet-case <div class="node-body blog-body">Next week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is expected to receive the final written brief in the lawsuit filed by Rivada Mercury protesting the FirstNet procurement process. How long will it be until the court reaches a decision, which promises to impact the timing of FirstNet's deployment nationwide?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/all-eyes-court-decision-time-approaches-firstnet-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/all-eyes-court-decision-time-approaches-firstnet-case#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:30:00 +0000 49271 at http://urgentcomm.com Uncertain delays create timing issues for states, public safety in preparation for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/uncertain-delays-create-timing-issues-states-public-safety-preparation-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet officials say they are ready to proceed, but states and first-responder agencies are awaiting the outcome of a legal proceeding to get a better understanding of the timing issues they may need to address related to the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/uncertain-delays-create-timing-issues-states-public-safety-preparation-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/uncertain-delays-create-timing-issues-states-public-safety-preparation-firstnet#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:42:00 +0000 48971 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet cybersecurity demands just one area that potential opt-out states should weigh carefully http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-cybersecurity-demands-just-one-area-potential-opt-out-states-should-weigh-carefully <div class="node-body blog-body">Many advocates of the opt-out alternative to FirstNet cite the option as a way for a state to exert greater control over the public-safety broadband network within its borders. There is no doubt that an opt-out decision would create much more work for a state, but the level of operational control may not be the kind that proponents envisioned.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-cybersecurity-demands-just-one-area-potential-opt-out-states-should-weigh-carefully" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-cybersecurity-demands-just-one-area-potential-opt-out-states-should-weigh-carefully#comments Long-Term Evolution Cybersecurity Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:17:00 +0000 48851 at http://urgentcomm.com Why public safety should be excited by FirstNet’s prospects, despite potential delays http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-public-safety-should-be-excited-firstnet-s-prospects-despite-potential-delays <div class="node-body blog-body">Rivada Mercury is suing to protest its removal from consideration for the FirstNet procurement, noting the strengths of its proposal. Now that the evaluation team has deemed that Rivada Mercury's proposal is not in the "competitive range," it is intriguing to consider how good AT&T's offer may be.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-public-safety-should-be-excited-firstnet-s-prospects-despite-potential-delays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-public-safety-should-be-excited-firstnet-s-prospects-despite-potential-delays#comments Long-Term Evolution Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:25:00 +0000 48691 at http://urgentcomm.com 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