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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).

  • Apr 21, 2016
    News

    Could cybersecurity issues undermine migration efforts to IP-based solutions? 2

    Internet Protocol (IP) has revolutionized the communications industry, enabling significantly greater functionality and lower costs than many would have dreamed possible even two decades ago. Will the growing cybersecurity problem prevent IP-based solutions from reaching their full potential?...More
  • Apr 19, 2016
    Commentary

    Here’s the aspect of FirstNet’s independence that should matter most to public-safety agencies, potential offerors 3

    Questions about FirstNet’s status as an “independent authority” have existed since the organization was created four years ago. While the legal debate continues, the current procurement process raises another question: If FirstNet is financially independent as outlined in the RFP and is immune to government shutdowns, do the legal details really matter to key stakeholders?...More
  • Apr 12, 2016
    Commentary

    When do people ‘need to know’ about FirstNet? The sooner, the better

    As FirstNet continues to make progress toward selecting a contractor, state and local entities could be just a year away from making important short-term and long-term choices regarding public-safety communications. Conducting outreach to key stakeholders in the interim could be key to those decisions being made with the best information possible....More
  • Apr 7, 2016
    Commentary

    Will mission-critical PTT be FirstNet’s ‘killer app’? 4

    With all of the broadband functionality promised by public-safety LTE, could mission-critical push-to-talk—a decidedly narrowband technology—be FirstNet's "killer app" that drives public-safety adoption?...More
  • Apr 7, 2016
    Commentary

    What’s up with WhatsApp for emergency communications?

    When terror struck Brussels last month, one thing that quickly became evident was how much more needs to be done to ensure effective and efficient communications for first responders worldwide....More

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