• Feb 19, 2015

    FCC takes initial steps to unlock AWS-3 spectrum auction revenue for public-safety initiatives

    The AWS-3 auction’s record-breaking $41.3 billion in estimated net revenue is expected to cover all of the funding priorities outlined in the Spectrum Act, including funding for FirstNet, for research and development related to public safety wireless communications, and for the 911, E-911 and next-generation 911 implementation grant program....More
  • Dec 12, 2014

    With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans 2

    With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead, lawmakers should ensure that the problems cited in the IG report have been resolved and let FirstNet proceed on its current roadmap for deploying a much-needed nationwide broadband network for first responders....More
  • Oct 7, 2014

    FirstNet is not a master of its own fate 5

    Overreaction by some within the federal government to allegations made by former FirstNet board member Paul Fitzgerald have cost the organization valuable time in its quest to design and build a nationwide broadband network for public safety....More
  • Aug 26, 2014

    Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out? 3

    Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability of in-building coverage via DAS or other small-cell technologies could impact the number of macro sites that need to be deployed....More
  • Jun 12, 2014

    Crystal ball for mission-critical voice over LTE timeline certainly not crystal clear 1

    “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 communications today, but a variety of factors have conspired to make it difficult for decision makers to estimate an accurate timeline today....More
  • Jun 10, 2014
    Urgent Communications

    Sonim: CEO Bob Plaschke showcases company's Band 14 devices

    Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke talks about the features of his company's hardened LTE phones, which will be available in the fall for use on commercial-carrier networks and are proceeding through PSCR testing for use on the Band 14 system being built by FirstNet....More

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