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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
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
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