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Jul 26, 2016

RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety

It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT....More
Jul 14, 2016

Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold....More
Jul 12, 2016

‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice3

Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations....More
Jul 07, 2016

Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety1

Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the....More
Jul 05, 2016

FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials1

FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and....More
Jun 28, 2016

Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface2

After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the....More
Jun 23, 2016

If FirstNet is not the answer, does someone have a better alternative?4

Some have asserted that Republicans would want to torpedo FirstNet if the party is successful in the November elections. Given the structure of....More
Jun 21, 2016

Kudos to FCC for beginning to tackle key noise-floor issue in technical inquiry2

With the proliferation of wireless networks, small cells and smart devices, some have wondered what is happening to the RF noise floor. Thankfully,....More
Jun 09, 2016

Convergence between public-safety and commercial communications not just a one-way street1

Convergence to date primarily has been a function of public safety moving toward technologies used in commercial communications, but there are....More
Jun 07, 2016

It’s still early, but the winner of the FirstNet RFP appears to be … public safety

Today's Rivada Mercury announcement revealing its key team members of its offeror team should make potential public-safety customers more comfortable....More
Jun 02, 2016

FirstNet’s bidding deadline has passed—what we know now

FirstNet provided only a cryptic statement as Tuesday's bid deadline passed, but it was enough to provide public safety and key decision makers with....More
May 26, 2016

Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming

It may be tough to pinpoint exactly when everything will happen, but all signs point to significant changes on the horizon throughout the critical-....More
May 24, 2016

Anticipation increases as FirstNet-proposal countdown hits the one-week mark2

FirstNet proposals are due in a week, on May 31. What will we learn on that day, and during the weeks that follow?....More
May 17, 2016

Ten years after O’Brien proposal, there is light at the end of the tunnel for public-safety broadband communications2

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan O’Brien unveiling his public-safety broadband vision during his IWCE 2006 keynote. Things did not progress....More
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