Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en MythBusters: A FirstNet edition http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition <div class="node-body blog-body">Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing statements that have been made about the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition#comments Long-Term Evolution Coverage & Interference Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:43:00 +0000 51111 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality <div class="node-body blog-body">When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial business that the public-safety initiative would be overshadowed. FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson says early indications make her confident that the carrier has the proper public-safety-centric focus to build the public-safety broadband network.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:06:00 +0000 50981 at http://urgentcomm.com Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems <div class="node-body blog-body">News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other critical-infrastructure entities.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Enterprise Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 16 May 2017 15:52:00 +0000 50481 at http://urgentcomm.com Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396 <div class="node-body blog-body">Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications industry throughout the rest of the year and into the long-term future.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Critical Infrastructure Public Safety IWCE Urgent Matters Mon, 08 May 2017 15:18:00 +0000 50396 at http://urgentcomm.com Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However, the fact that that system is on the cusp of reality is remarkable, given the many challenges and doubts that have been overcome during the past decade.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:23:00 +0000 50171 at http://urgentcomm.com What will happen at FirstNet during the next few years? Check out this timeline for potential answers http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers <div class="node-body blog-body">With AT&T being awarded the 25-year contract to build the nationwide FirstNet system last week, here is a glimpse at the proposed milestones we may see during the next few years.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation IWCE NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:57:00 +0000 50101 at http://urgentcomm.com A funny thing happened on the way to IWCE 2017 … http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017 <div class="node-body blog-body">With the big FirstNet board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, IWCE attendees may notice some changes in the speaker lineups early in the week.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017#comments IWCE Urgent Matters Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:56:00 +0000 49761 at http://urgentcomm.com 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