NTIA/FirstNet

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  • Nov 20, 2014
    Video
    Urgent Communications

    Netscout: John English highlights company's network-management, user-experience capabilities for FirstNet

    John English, product line manager for NetScout, talks about the company's ability to provide network-management information to an LTE operator like FirstNet, as well as user-experience data to subscribers to ensure that service-level-agreement (SLA) benchmarks are being met. English spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas....More
  • Nov 13, 2014
    Commentary

    Differences on ‘public-safety entity’ definition may be addressable by FirstNet 1

    In recent filings with FirstNet regarding the definition of a "public-safety entity" that would be eligible for priority-access consideration, commercial wireless carrier AT&T and utilities associations approach the matter very differently, but their final conclusions include a lot of similarities....More
  • Oct 23, 2014
    Commentary

    Partnerships are much more than contracts—an important distinction for FirstNet 2

    By Andrew M. Seybold. Partnerships are vital to FirstNet. Given this, FirstNet must have the ability to seek out and discuss potential partnership agreements, without having to resort to RFI/RFP rigid rules and regulations that hamper all those who work in the federal environment....More
  • Oct 16, 2014
    Commentary

    What’s in a name? For FirstNet, “public-safety entity” definition is critical to system planning, business model 3

    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 be as straightforward as some initially might think, and the final determination promises to have significant ramifications on FirstNet’s network design and self-sustaining funding plans....More

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