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Sep 16, 2014

FirstNet begins new era with revamped board

The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning....More
Aug 28, 2014

How should DHS spend its R&D dollars? Take this opportunity to let them know

As part of its Visionary Goals initiative, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established an online collaboration community at http....More
Aug 26, 2014

Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out?

Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability....More
Aug 19, 2014

700 MHz narrowband decision from the FCC is needed—quickly

Hopefully, the FCC will quickly adopt an order eliminating the 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline or extending the deadlines by several years, so....More
Aug 04, 2014

After a decade, an unwanted—but fortunate—absence from APCO 2014

IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson will miss this week's APCO 2014 show in New Orleans, but he is hopeful that it will allow him to....More
Jul 17, 2014

Upcoming webinar promises to provide insights on FirstNet-state relationships

Looking for the latest information about FirstNet and key state initiatives? Join us on Wednesday, July 23, for a "State of the States" webinar to....More
Jul 14, 2014

FCC broadband initiatives for schools, rural areas could impact future public-safety strategies

FCC commissioners have approved items designed to bring broadband to underserved rural areas, as well as to the nation’s schools and libraries. On....More
Jul 10, 2014

FirstNet faces monumental challenge as state consultations get set to begin

To date, FirstNet has done a good job of keeping all of its options available by not making any commitments regarding its business plan or network....More
Jul 08, 2014

Ten years later, 800 MHz rebanding proves to be an enlightening exercise

It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is almost complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC....More
Jul 03, 2014

Policymakers must ensure that the privacy pendulum does not swing so far that public safety is compromised

Today's technological advances support unprecedented surveillance capabilities. No one wants an Orwellian 1984 society, but we all want government....More
Jun 25, 2014

Could T-shirts, sports bras, socks help generate future revenue for radio dealers?

Undergarments are probably among the last products that radio dealers traditionally would consider selling, but smart clothing that delivers sensor....More
Jun 24, 2014

Regulatory clarity needed for 700 MHz narrowband spectrum

Amid all of the excitement about FirstNet at 700 MHz, federal officials and policymakers should not forget to address regulatory issues regarding the....More
Jun 13, 2014

Next-gen 911, FirstNet LTE visions appear to be a promising match

Many think of next-gen 911 and public-safety LTE as separate initiatives, but they actually have a lot in common. In addition, each initiative will....More
Jun 12, 2014

Crystal ball for mission-critical voice over LTE timeline certainly not crystal clear

“When will LTE be a viable option for mission-critical voice for my first responders?” may well be the most vexing question regarding public-safety....More
Jun 10, 2014

Adams County deployment a nice start, but FirstNet still has lots of work ahead of it

Launching the Adams County, Colo., public-safety LTE network—the first system deployed with the blessing of FirstNet—was both an opportunity for....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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