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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).

  • May 19, 2015
    Commentary

    Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model 2

    FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-making process by states and territories create even more problems?...More
  • Apr 30, 2015
    Commentary

    GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors

    In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet. However, it missed some big factors that could impact FirstNet, including the potential impact that mission-critical voice over LTE could have on public-safety adoption....More
  • Apr 23, 2015
    blog

    Go, or No Go? New LA-RICS public-safety LTE plan gives NTIA, FirstNet a lot to consider

    There has been no decision yet from NTIA about the fate of the LA-RICS public-safety LTE project. That's understandable, because there are a lot of factors to consider....More
  • Apr 23, 2015
    Video
    Urgent Communications

    Motorola Solutions: Alan Conrad demonstrates prototype handheld LTE eNodeB/EPC, drone application

    Alan Conrad, distinguished member of the technical staff in the chief technology office of Motorola Solutions, demonstrates the capabilities of a prototype LTE eNodeB/evolved packet core (EPC) that could be used in a terrestial setting—or an aerial drone—to provide public-safety users with LTE coverage in locations not covered by a fixed LTE network like FirstNet, or to enhance capacity in an incident area....More

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