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Feb 04, 2016

Should Congress create a FirstNet-like entity to tackle next-generation 911?2

Deploying next-generation 911 should be a national priority, but no entity currently is positioned properly to ensure that it happens nationwide. FCC....More
Jan 28, 2016

Want to keep track of FirstNet’s progress? Here are some key dates, milestones to remember1

When is FirstNet going to be built and provide the kind of reliable broadband services that the public-safety community has been seeking for the past....More
Jan 21, 2016

Wireless carriers are key to successful FirstNet RFP bid. Which are interested?2

A wireless carrier may not be the prime contractor for FirstNet, but the general consensus is that a carrier (or multiple carriers) will have to be....More
Jan 12, 2016

Some things we don’t know yet that could impact FirstNet’s ultimate success (updated)1

Nothing happens in a vacuum. As we wait for FirstNet to release its RFP, here are some questions that FirstNet is not positioned to address right now....More
Jan 07, 2016

Some key questions that potential bidders want answered in FirstNet’s RFP

FirstNet has not released its request for proposal (RFP) yet, but here are some of the items that potential bidders hope will be addressed in the....More
Dec 22, 2015

New Hampshire’s RFP for a public-safety LTE system: An act of rebellion or self defense?2

Is New Hampshire spinning its wheels by issuing an RFP for a statewide public-safety LTE network on spectrum it can't use today? Or, is there a....More
Dec 10, 2015

FirstNet should be applauded for keeping its promise, delivering final RFP on time

We won't know about the details of FirstNet's final request for proposal (RFP) until it is released next month, but the fact that FirstNet will be....More
Dec 01, 2015

Next week’s meetings could set stage for potentially transformative year in public-safety communications

There are a lot of questions today surrounding the deployment of FirstNet and next-generation 911 (NG911) systems, but many of these queries may be....More
Nov 03, 2015

Global marketplace critical to success of public-safety broadband initiatives

For economic and innovation reasons, public safety would benefit greatly from the establishment of a global marketplace for the sector. Thumbs up to....More
Oct 20, 2015

FirstNet’s latest legal interpretations make opt-out alternative less appealing to states, territories

After last week’s release of the text for 64 FirstNet legal interpretations, many in the industry question whether the “opt out” alternative for....More
Oct 13, 2015

Did you blink during the last few weeks? If so, here are some things you may have missed

A lot is happening in the critical-communications arena right now, whether the topic is next-generation 911, cybersecurity or FirstNet, and it may be....More
Sep 15, 2015

Where will FirstNet be next 9/11?6

As we observed the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies last week, FirstNet officials were busy preparing for the release of a final RFP by the end....More
Sep 03, 2015

Federal-state-local talks today could enable better, smoother public-safety communications transitions in the future1

What role should federal, state and local governments play in next-generation public-safety communications? It's a critical question that deserves a....More
Sep 01, 2015

FirstNet sets bar high for cybersecurity while pursuing ambitious timeline

At a time high-profile government and corporate entities are suffering data breaches on a regular basis, FirstNet officials want to develop a....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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