By most standards, $7 billion is a lot of money. But in the world of wireless communications, $7 billion—the amount of federal funding that Congress earmarked for FirstNet, which is charged with building a nationwide broadband network for first responders—is not nearly enough to create a standalone LTE network that blankets the country, particularly with the hardening, redundancy and security that public safety requires, according to most industry experts.   To put the ...

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