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Apr 25, 2017

How first responders—and the public—count on wireless communications, even indoors

It is not merely a convenience that cellular connectivity is available throughout a building; it literally can be the difference between life and death....More
Apr 16, 2017

With FirstNet a reality, it’s time to turn our attention to securing the public safety network

Unfortunately, security often is viewed as either a negative or a value-neutral for IT projects. With FirstNet, we have a great opportunity to debunk that myth and establish security as an enabler of the network, helping provide all sorts of innovative features for first responders and other beneficiaries of the network....More
Apr 16, 2017

SMS/MMS text messaging can help local governments and public-safety agencies connect to the public 1

Communicating with residents is a priority for state and local governments and public-safety agencies at any time, but it is especially important during times of emergency. SMS/MMS messaging systems can help provide alerts during such critical moments, as well as improve information exchanges with the public on a day-to-day basis....More
Apr 13, 2017

Former board member Paul Fitzgerald on FirstNet-AT&T deal: 'I like what I see and hear'

Paul Fitzgerald—the longtime sheriff of Story County, Iowa, and an outspoken member of the original FirstNet board in 2012—expresses support for the 25-year public-safety broadband agreement between FirstNet and AT&T....More
Apr 13, 2017

911 telecommunicators deserve the spotlight all year long

This week, we celebrate National Telecommunicators Week. Given what 911 personnel bring to the emergency-response process every day, even greater recognition would be appropriate....More
Apr 11, 2017

Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters 3

FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However, the fact that that system is on the cusp of reality is remarkable, given the many challenges and doubts that have been overcome during the past decade....More
Apr 6, 2017

What will happen at FirstNet during the next few years? Check out this timeline for potential answers

With AT&T being awarded the 25-year contract to build the nationwide FirstNet system last week, here is a glimpse at the proposed milestones we may see during the next few years....More

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