Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en Unanswered questions loom as governors prepare to make ‘opt-in/opt-out’ FirstNet choices http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unanswered-questions-loom-governors-prepare-make-opt-inopt-out-firstnet-choices <div class="node-body blog-body">Most governors have until Dec. 28 to make their "opt-in/opt-out" choices regarding FirstNet. Considerable information about FirstNet is available, but several key data points that could impact a governor's decision remain unknown as the 90-day decision clock ticks.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unanswered-questions-loom-governors-prepare-make-opt-inopt-out-firstnet-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unanswered-questions-loom-governors-prepare-make-opt-inopt-out-firstnet-choices#comments Long-Term Evolution Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:57:00 +0000 52291 at http://urgentcomm.com MythBusters: A FirstNet edition http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition <div class="node-body blog-body">Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing statements that have been made about the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition#comments Long-Term Evolution Coverage & Interference Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:43:00 +0000 51111 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality <div class="node-body blog-body">When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial business that the public-safety initiative would be overshadowed. FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson says early indications make her confident that the carrier has the proper public-safety-centric focus to build the public-safety broadband network.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-sue-swenson-expresses-confidence-att-s-ability-make-network-vision-reality#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:06:00 +0000 50981 at http://urgentcomm.com Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems <div class="node-body blog-body">News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other critical-infrastructure entities.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/global-cyberattack-provides-stark-reminder-potential-vulnerabilities-need-secure-systems#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Enterprise Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 16 May 2017 15:52:00 +0000 50481 at http://urgentcomm.com Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396 <div class="node-body blog-body">Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications industry throughout the rest of the year and into the long-term future.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/node/50396#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Critical Infrastructure Public Safety IWCE Urgent Matters Mon, 08 May 2017 15:18:00 +0000 50396 at http://urgentcomm.com Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However, the fact that that system is on the cusp of reality is remarkable, given the many challenges and doubts that have been overcome during the past decade.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:23:00 +0000 50171 at http://urgentcomm.com What will happen at FirstNet during the next few years? Check out this timeline for potential answers http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers <div class="node-body blog-body">With AT&T being awarded the 25-year contract to build the nationwide FirstNet system last week, here is a glimpse at the proposed milestones we may see during the next few years.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-will-happen-firstnet-during-next-few-years-check-out-timeline-potential-answers#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Installation IWCE NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:57:00 +0000 50101 at http://urgentcomm.com A funny thing happened on the way to IWCE 2017 … http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017 <div class="node-body blog-body">With the big FirstNet board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, IWCE attendees may notice some changes in the speaker lineups early in the week.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/funny-thing-happened-way-iwce-2017#comments IWCE Urgent Matters Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:56:00 +0000 49761 at http://urgentcomm.com Government officials anxious for FirstNet clarity while contemplating long-term plans http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans <div class="node-body blog-body">Public safety may have the greatest interest in the outcome of a court decision that could clarify when FirstNet will be able to award its nationwide contract, but many other sectors also could be impacted.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/government-officials-anxious-firstnet-clarity-while-contemplating-long-term-plans#comments Long-Term Evolution Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:21:00 +0000 49431 at http://urgentcomm.com Five years later, public safety can see a light at the end of FirstNet tunnel http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel <div class="node-body blog-body">It has been five years since FirstNet was established. Will it be worth the wait?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:28:00 +0000 49351 at http://urgentcomm.com