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 cybersecurity.

News and information related to the technology and governance that enable disparate voice and data systems to communicate with each other during multijurisdictional events.

LMR 100
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.

LMR 200
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.

Project 25
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.

  • Sep 16, 2014

    FirstNet begins new era with revamped board

    The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning curve, so new members will have to prepare quickly to make key policy decisions in the near future....More
  • Sep 8, 2014

    Land mobile radio: Why moving to IT makes sense

    By leveraging the combined technical expertise and practices of its IT department and traditional LMR radio personnel, the city of Richardson, Texas, was able to install an open-source P25 system for public safety and realize considerable cost savings, according to Richardson CIO Steve Graves....More

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