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Jun 27, 2017

MythBusters: A FirstNet edition5

Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing....More
Jun 13, 2017

FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality

When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial....More
May 16, 2017

Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems

News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other....More
May 08, 2017

Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence

Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications....More
Apr 11, 2017

Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters3

FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However,....More
Mar 27, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to IWCE 2017 …

With the big FirstNet board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, IWCE attendees may notice some changes in the speaker lineups early in the week....More
Feb 28, 2017

Government officials anxious for FirstNet clarity while contemplating long-term plans4

Public safety may have the greatest interest in the outcome of a court decision that could clarify when FirstNet will be able to award its nationwide....More
Feb 21, 2017

Five years later, public safety can see a light at the end of FirstNet tunnel2

It has been five years since FirstNet was established. Will it be worth the wait?....More
Feb 09, 2017

All eyes on court as decision time approaches in FirstNet case

Next week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is expected to receive the final written brief in the lawsuit filed by Rivada Mercury protesting the....More
Jan 10, 2017

Uncertain delays create timing issues for states, public safety in preparation for FirstNet2

FirstNet officials say they are ready to proceed, but states and first-responder agencies are awaiting the outcome of a legal proceeding to get a....More
Dec 20, 2016

FirstNet cybersecurity demands just one area that potential opt-out states should weigh carefully

Many advocates of the opt-out alternative to FirstNet cite the option as a way for a state to exert greater control over the public-safety broadband....More
Dec 06, 2016

Why public safety should be excited by FirstNet’s prospects, despite potential delays

Rivada Mercury is suing to protest its removal from consideration for the FirstNet procurement, noting the strengths of its proposal. Now that the....More
Nov 22, 2016

10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor1

While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety....More
Nov 01, 2016

What could go wrong? Here are some sources of potential unwanted delays in FirstNet deployment1

FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that....More
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