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Apr 24, 2014

Incentive-auction rules could impact FirstNet funding, unlicensed use

TV broadcasters and commercial carriers are understandably interested in the FCC's rules for the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum next year, but....More
Apr 22, 2014

Boston Marathon bombings a reminder of what’s at stake with public-safety initiatives

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....More
Apr 17, 2014

Telecommunicators’ role in public-safety communications more vital than ever

As National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is celebrated, it is a time to recognize the efforts of 911 telecommunicators and the potential....More
Apr 15, 2014

D’Agostino leaves large shoes to fill for FirstNet

In the wake of FirstNet General Manager Bill D'Agostino's resignation, the FirstNet board faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement....More
Apr 10, 2014

Industry’s LMR loyalties remain, but rapid LTE development continues

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....More
Apr 07, 2014

Brazil serves as a reminder that LMR-LTE convergence issues not limited to U.S.

Brazilian Army General Antonino dos Santos Guerra (pictured above on left) says comparing the functionality of LMR to LTE is "like listening to a....More
Apr 01, 2014

IWCE panel reveals steep hill to climb for states choosing opt-out route

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....More
Mar 26, 2014

American Tower makes its public-safety partnership case—and not just for FirstNet

While working with commercial tower companies may be natural for an entity like FirstNet, American Tower officials insist that it also wants to work....More
Mar 24, 2014

Latest FirstNet meetings offer encouraging signs

While they may have lacked the kind of detail that many in the industry crave, the latest FirstNet meetings included positive signs in several....More
Mar 19, 2014

Delivering solutions, not just equipment, crucial for modern-day radio dealers

Selling boxes simply isn’t enough for radio dealers to thrive in today’s ever-changing communications environment, according to Patrick Hobby, owner....More
Mar 18, 2014

Have questions about Rivada proposal? Ask them tomorrow

Should excess bandwidth be traded in the manner that traditional commodities such as gold and pork bellies are today? Get answers to this question....More
Mar 06, 2014

Carrier aggregation promises to open new possibilities to LTE network operators

LTE-Advanced supports carrier aggregation, which effectively lets an operator combine the bandwidth from separate systems, even if they operate in....More
Mar 04, 2014

Observers anxious for more tangible signs of FirstNet progress

Two years after Congress passed legislation creating FirstNet, some of the challenges associated with the massive endeavor have become more clear,....More
Feb 27, 2014

Join us Tuesday for a webinar exploring critical-infrastructure entities making the transition to IP

Join us on Tuesday, March 4, for a webinar examining various potential pitfalls and lessons learned by critical-infrastructure entities that have....More
Feb 26, 2014

It's time for PSAPs to prepare for move to next-generation 911

Based on the recent proclamations from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, PSAP coordinators may want to develop plans for migrating to next-generation 911,....More
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Glenn Bischoff is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Urgent Communications magazine. Over a 30-year journalism career, his publications have won several ASBPE awards for editorial excellence. He...

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Donny Jackson is editor of Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining UC in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine....
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