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Sep 27, 2016

FirstNet education is crucial, but it does not lend itself to sound bites, elevator pitches3

FirstNet is important, but educating officials, public safety and the general public about this unprecedented initiative may be easier said than done....More
Sep 15, 2016

Congress needs to update the Communications Act—quickly2

Technology has changed dramatically during the past 20 years, and Congress needs to pass laws reflecting this new world of communications....More
Sep 13, 2016

Don’t be too quick to judge New Hampshire harshly for signing deal with Rivada4

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....More
Sep 01, 2016

Body-worn-camera policies provide a glimpse of future technology-related challenges

It is exciting to imagine the possibilities that technologies like drones and the Internet of Things could bring to public safety. However, the....More
Aug 23, 2016

Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety

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....More
Aug 17, 2016

When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load

Public-safety personnel in the field want the information that broadband applications can deliver, but they often need to keep their heads up and....More
Aug 11, 2016

APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’6

Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so....More
Jul 26, 2016

RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety

It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT....More
Jul 14, 2016

Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold....More
Jul 12, 2016

‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice3

Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations....More
Jul 07, 2016

Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety1

Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the....More
Jul 05, 2016

FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials1

FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and....More
Jun 28, 2016

Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface2

After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the....More
Jun 23, 2016

If FirstNet is not the answer, does someone have a better alternative?4

Some have asserted that Republicans would want to torpedo FirstNet if the party is successful in the November elections. Given the structure of....More
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