Find the latest communications industry news organized by topic. Topics include technology, operations, engineering and governance. Content also is organized by "hot topics," as follows:
News and information related to the technology and governance that enable disparate voice and data systems to communicate with each other during multijurisdictional events.
Articles targeted to system engineers, field engineers and radio technicians that examine the basics of land mobile radio system design, from site selection to system installation to system performance.
A continuation of the LMR 100 series, this collection of articles digs deeper into the nuances of system design, deployment, operation and maintenance, with an emphasis on effective use of resources and real-world scenarios.
News and information related to the effort to make various land mobile radio systems more spectrally efficient.
News and information related to Next-Generation 911, an IP-based technology platform that will enable public-safety answering points to leverage multimedia, share data with other PSAPs and achieve unprecedented levels of redundancy and resiliency.
News and information about systems and equipment built to the suite of digital radio standards that are designed to drive down cost of ownership for public-safety entities and ensure that gear produced by disparate vendors can communicate with each other.
Public Safety Broadband
News and information related to the nationwide broadband communications network for first responders that is being designed and built under the auspices of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an entity with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
News and information related to the reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band, as a result of interference to public-safety communications systems inadvertently caused by commercial carrier Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel).
News and information related to the UHF spectrum used by public-safety agencies in 13 metropolitan areas that must be vacated within a decade, as mandated by the federal legislation that created the nationwide broadband communications network for first responders.
TV White Spaces
News and information related to the UHF spectrum vacated by broadcasters as part of the digital television transition, airwaves that some experts believe can be leveraged to bring broadband services to rural and underserved areas.