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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
Aug 25, 2015

Cybersecurity could be the biggest challenge for FirstNet, next-gen 9111

Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-....More
Aug 19, 2015

Establishing appropriate policies in-building wireless systems a key to safety of citizens, first responders

With a growing number of households depending on wireless technologies to be able to call 911 for help during an emergency—and be located by public....More
Aug 13, 2015

For FirstNet, major decisions necessary to reach goal for year-end RFP1

If FirstNet hopes to meet its goal of issuing a final RFP by the end of the year, it’s time for the FirstNet board to make critical decisions....More
Jun 25, 2015

Put away the PowerPoints, next-gen 911 capabilities are real

After years of talking and planning, next-generation 911 capabilities are being deployed in the field....More
Jun 18, 2015

Could federal-procurement rules result in FirstNet getting ‘snookered’ in deal with partners?1

Congress was careful to stipulate that FirstNet's board include members with telecom backgrounds. However, there are questions whether federal-....More
Jun 09, 2015

Opt-out scenarios from FirstNet appear increasingly tough for states, territories

Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access....More
May 26, 2015

Changes in public-safety communications are happening quickly—and acceleration is likely in the forecast

Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the....More
May 19, 2015

Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model2

FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-....More
Apr 30, 2015

GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors

In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet....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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