Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet


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).

  • Sep 1, 2015

    FirstNet sets bar high for cybersecurity while pursuing ambitious timeline

    At a time high-profile government and corporate entities are suffering data breaches on a regular basis, FirstNet officials want to develop a cybersecurity solution that will be effective long term, is affordable and can be executed without disrupting first responders from their primary missions. Sounds challenging, especially given FirstNet's goal of issuing a final RFP—with cybersecurity—by the end of the year....More
  • Aug 27, 2015

    Oku Solutions: David Witkowski outlines highlights of LTE test & measurement webinar (available on demand)

    David Witkowski, chief solutions architect for Oku Solutions, highlights some of the topics he covered during Wednesday's online learning session "Testing and Measurement of LTE Technologies," including the role that LMR radio shops will play in FirstNet and tools that can be used to ensure that public-safety agencies get the coverage and throughput from an LTE provider (be it FirstNet or a commercial carrier) that they paid for....More
  • Aug 27, 2015

    Testing your LTE network is vitally important

    In IWCE’s online College of Technology webinar presented by David Witkowski of OKU Solutions, attendees can explore the testing and measuring LTE system coverage, capacity and performance. The webinar is available on demand....More
  • Aug 25, 2015

    Cybersecurity could be the biggest challenge for FirstNet, next-gen 911 1

    Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-infrastructure entities more efficiently. Whether they can develop solutions that also lower the risk of problems caused by software glitches and cyberattacks is a bigger question....More
  • Aug 25, 2015
    Urgent Communications

    Hughes: Tony Bardo says satellite no longer 'old, slow and expensive'

    Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes Network Systems, explains how the company's Spaceway satellite solution can provide the backhaul needed to support public-safety LTE, such as when deployable systems are leveraged in areas outside of the fixed terrestrial network....More

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