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Aug 25, 2015

Cybersecurity could be the biggest challenge for FirstNet, next-gen 9111

Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-....More
Aug 19, 2015

Establishing appropriate policies in-building wireless systems a key to safety of citizens, first responders

With a growing number of households depending on wireless technologies to be able to call 911 for help during an emergency—and be located by public....More
Aug 13, 2015

For FirstNet, major decisions necessary to reach goal for year-end RFP1

If FirstNet hopes to meet its goal of issuing a final RFP by the end of the year, it’s time for the FirstNet board to make critical decisions....More
Jun 25, 2015

Put away the PowerPoints, next-gen 911 capabilities are real

After years of talking and planning, next-generation 911 capabilities are being deployed in the field....More
Jun 18, 2015

Could federal-procurement rules result in FirstNet getting ‘snookered’ in deal with partners?1

Congress was careful to stipulate that FirstNet's board include members with telecom backgrounds. However, there are questions whether federal-....More
Jun 09, 2015

Opt-out scenarios from FirstNet appear increasingly tough for states, territories

Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access....More
May 26, 2015

Changes in public-safety communications are happening quickly—and acceleration is likely in the forecast

Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the....More
May 19, 2015

Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model2

FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-....More
Apr 30, 2015

GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors

In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet....More
Apr 23, 2015

Go, or No Go? New LA-RICS public-safety LTE plan gives NTIA, FirstNet a lot to consider

There has been no decision yet from NTIA about the fate of the LA-RICS public-safety LTE project. That's understandable, because there are a lot of....More
Mar 18, 2015

FirstNet’s role as spectrum licensee critical as states consider opt-out alternative1

FirstNet's relationship with opt-out states or territories is explored in a public notice released last week. It includes a lot of legal detail, but....More
Mar 10, 2015

FirstNet takes first step toward getting down to business2

Does FirstNet have the right to take excess revenue generated in an “opt-out” state to use elsewhere in the nation? The answer promises to have a....More
Mar 05, 2015

Arizona outage highlights need for strong network design, monitoring capability in critical communications1

When a single conduit housing multiple fiber lines was cut last week, much of northern Arizona was unable to access the Internet, call 911, use....More
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 operations3

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
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