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Feb 24, 2015

Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions

Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had....More
Feb 03, 2015

How many PSAPs do we need? O’Rielly’s challenge could portend a new era for 911 operations

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly last week suggested that a task force consider massive consolidation of the nation's 5,900 public-safety answering....More
Jan 27, 2015

FCC wireless 911 location-accuracy rules should demand accountability, long-term improvement

FCC commissioners have a lot to consider as they establish much-needed rules for location accuracy associated with 911 calls. Hopefully, they make....More
Jan 15, 2015

PDV’s 900 MHz LMR-to-broadband proposal could be crossroads for critical-infrastructure comms

Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to....More
Jan 08, 2015

Dramatic changes in LTE landscape bust myths, provide FirstNet with new options

The commercial wireless industry has experienced a remarkable amount of change in recent years with the deployment of LTE and other technologies,....More
Dec 23, 2014

Gifts of clarity would be huge for critical communications in 2015

Aside from a bunch of money, most of the best gifts for the critical-communications sector for 2015 involve clarity, so the various stakeholders are....More
Dec 18, 2014

It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC

One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with....More
Dec 12, 2014

With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans

With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead,....More
Dec 11, 2014

Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show

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....More
Dec 04, 2014

Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality

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....More
Dec 02, 2014

FirstNet ‘public-safety entity’ definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear

Will Congress will consider FirstNet a success, if police, fire and EMS are able to communicate fabulously throughout an incident, but their....More
Nov 24, 2014

AWS-3 auction bidding bodes well for FirstNet’s short-term funding, long-term sustainability opportunities

The recent success of the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction means that FirstNet soon will receive the full funding that Congress anticipated. More....More
Nov 13, 2014

Differences on ‘public-safety entity’ definition may be addressable by FirstNet

In recent filings with FirstNet regarding the definition of a "public-safety entity" that would be eligible for priority-access consideration,....More
Nov 11, 2014

911 funding models should reflect modern communications trends

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—....More
Nov 04, 2014

Utilities facing communications crossroads; listen to webinar to learn more about the options

It’s an exciting time in the utility industry, with smart-grid technologies promising new levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality. Tune....More
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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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