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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 deployment

FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that....More
Oct 25, 2016

Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices1

Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the....More
Oct 20, 2016

What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project

Just two weeks before FirstNet's target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer....More
Oct 13, 2016

Some in-building policy coordination today could reap big communications benefits in the future1

If in-building efforts and reliability standards can be aligned effectively, the potential impact for both public-safety and commercial....More
Oct 06, 2016

State RFPs for FirstNet highlight intriguing issues for public safety’s 700 MHz narrowband spectrum1

Many in public safety have expressed resistance to the notion that some states are exploring the notion of migrating 700 MHz public-safety narrowband....More
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
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