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Dec 18, 2014

It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC

One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with....More
Dec 12, 2014

With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans

With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead,....More
Dec 11, 2014

Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show

It’s not too late to participate in the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show—you can register here (for free) and, within minutes, you can participate in all of....More
Dec 04, 2014

Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality

It would be a shame to have FirstNet build a public-safety broadband system, only to find that first responders were not prepared to use it....More
Dec 02, 2014

FirstNet ‘public-safety entity’ definition should be broad, but prioritization policies must be clear

Will Congress will consider FirstNet a success, if police, fire and EMS are able to communicate fabulously throughout an incident, but their....More
Nov 24, 2014

AWS-3 auction bidding bodes well for FirstNet’s short-term funding, long-term sustainability opportunities

The recent success of the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction means that FirstNet soon will receive the full funding that Congress anticipated. More....More
Nov 13, 2014

Differences on ‘public-safety entity’ definition may be addressable by FirstNet

In recent filings with FirstNet regarding the definition of a "public-safety entity" that would be eligible for priority-access consideration,....More
Nov 11, 2014

911 funding models should reflect modern communications trends

There seems to be consensus agreement that the funding model for 911 needs to change in many states and locations, but exactly how it should be done—....More
Nov 04, 2014

Utilities facing communications crossroads; listen to webinar to learn more about the options

It’s an exciting time in the utility industry, with smart-grid technologies promising new levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality. Tune....More
Oct 24, 2014

Multistate 911 outage could lead to changes in emergency-calling regulations, operations

After a state regulator acknowledged that IP-based components of 911 are "interstate in nature," it appears that table is set for the FCC and other....More
Oct 16, 2014

What’s in a name? For FirstNet, “public-safety entity” definition is critical to system planning, business model

On the surface, FirstNet's proceeding asking for input on what should be a "public-safety entity" might sound trivial. In reality, the answer may not....More
Oct 02, 2014

For the latest information about FirstNet, join us for today’s ‘State of the States’ webinar

Gain insights about key FirstNet questions from people with firsthand knowledge during today's “State of the States” webinar, which will be conducted....More
Sep 30, 2014

Missing FirstNet question may shed light on organization’s early hiring practices

Whether the hiring practices for consultants/contractors during FirstNet's early days were appropriate may depend largely on your interpretation of....More
Sep 23, 2014

FirstNet takes big steps, but significant decisions still remain

FirstNet makes tangible progress toward procurement with last week's release of its comprehensive RFI and preliminary legal interpretations. As a....More
Sep 18, 2014

Back to the Future? O’Brien notes similarities, differences between past ventures, Pacific DataVision

Morgan O’Brien—best known as being the co-founder of Nextel Communications—says he is returning to his roots, this time as vice chairman of Pacific....More
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