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May 26, 2016

Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming

It may be tough to pinpoint exactly when everything will happen, but all signs point to significant changes on the horizon throughout the critical-....More
May 24, 2016

Anticipation increases as FirstNet-proposal countdown hits the one-week mark1

FirstNet proposals are due in a week, on May 31. What will we learn on that day, and during the weeks that follow?....More
May 17, 2016

Ten years after O’Brien proposal, there is light at the end of the tunnel for public-safety broadband communications2

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan O’Brien unveiling his public-safety broadband vision during his IWCE 2006 keynote. Things did not progress....More
May 12, 2016

Decision makers need to consider many layers when determining future role of mission-critical voice over LTE4

Will mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE replace LMR services for first responders? The answer is not clear, but it is important that....More
May 05, 2016

As technology changes rapidly, policies lag too far behind

A lot is happening in the technology arena, with innovations happening constantly in the IP and wireless sectors. But policy development lags well....More
Apr 21, 2016

Could cybersecurity issues undermine migration efforts to IP-based solutions?2

Internet Protocol (IP) has revolutionized the communications industry, enabling significantly greater functionality and lower costs than many would....More
Apr 19, 2016

Here’s the aspect of FirstNet’s independence that should matter most to public-safety agencies, potential offerors3

Questions about FirstNet’s status as an “independent authority” have existed since the organization was created four years ago. While the legal....More
Apr 12, 2016

When do people ‘need to know’ about FirstNet? The sooner, the better

As FirstNet continues to make progress toward selecting a contractor, state and local entities could be just a year away from making important short-....More
Apr 07, 2016

Will mission-critical PTT be FirstNet’s ‘killer app’?4

With all of the broadband functionality promised by public-safety LTE, could mission-critical push-to-talk—a decidedly narrowband technology—be....More
Apr 05, 2016

Here are some notes about FirstNet that you may not have known before IWCE 2016

Responses to FirstNet's RFP are due on May 13, but there still was plenty of new information shared about the proposed public-safety broadband....More
Mar 31, 2016

IWCE 2016 showcases signs of real convergence, not just hype

The intersection between traditional critical communications and the commercial telecom arena that was on display at IWCE 2016 last week took the....More
Mar 29, 2016

FirstNet deserves kudos for high-profile role since RFP release, including at IWCE 2016

When FirstNet released its RFP in January, some industry observers expected the organization to go silent, in an effort to avoid missteps that might....More
Mar 22, 2016

Governors likely will be missing key FirstNet data point, making opt-out decision even more precarious1

By all accounts, states and territories that pursue the FirstNet opt-out alternative will face difficult timelines and logistical challenges. In....More
Feb 25, 2016

Will other states follow New Hampshire’s lead and conduct their own RFPs for public-safety LTE?6

The state of New Hampshire announced that it received five bids in response to its request for proposal (RFP) to build a statewide public-safety LTE....More
Feb 18, 2016

Latest attacks underscore need for cybersecurity in next-generation critical communications1

During the past week, more examples of hackers compromising high-profile networks have hit the news. These scenarios should serve as a reminder how....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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