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.

  • Mar 5, 2015

    Arizona outage highlights need for strong network design, monitoring capability in critical communications

    When a single conduit housing multiple fiber lines was cut last week, much of northern Arizona was unable to access the Internet, call 911, use cellular devices, pay with credit cards or get cash from ATMs for about 15 hours, according to multiple news reports. The episode should serve as a reminder of the necessity for reliability and diversity characteristics in critical networks that cannot afford downtime....More
  • Mar 3, 2015

    How to make multi-agency collaboration a reality in a FirstNet world

    A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-responder agencies, which is a challenging task. The good news is that numerous advanced technologies are available today to help deliver on the promise of secure, seamless multi-agency collaboration....More
  • Mar 2, 2015

    iCERT: Cybersecurity Chair Patrick Flynn discusses this week's forum, FirstNet security

    Patrick Flynn, cybersecurity committee chairman for the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) and the director of homeland/national-security programs for Intel Security (formerly McAfee), talks about security considerations that FirstNet needs to include in its planning for the nationwide broadband network for first responders....More
  • Feb 26, 2015

    NISC: Charles Werner discusses key outcomes from the recent DisasterTech hackathon

    Charles Werner, National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) chairman and fire chief for Charlottesville, Va., discusses the value of hackathons to public safety, as well as some of the applications developed at the recent hackathon conducted in conjunction with the International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE) in New Orleans....More
  • Feb 24, 2015

    Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions

    Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had hoped. However, most of the main components appear to be in place, so 2015 should see the FirstNet board make key decisions about the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders....More

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