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August 2013

Urgent Communications explores the many challenges facing the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as it mulls how to design build--and pay for--the first nationwide broadband communications network for first responders.

In addition, we explain why the FCC is considering the adoption of receiver standards; explore the reasons behind one public-safety agency's decision to outsource network management; examine the necessity of text-to-911 standards; and describe the challenges that many IT departments face as they work to optimize mobile network performance. 

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    Goodbye print, hello future 4

    One of our guiding philosophies it that we have a duty to provide our readers with content in the manner in which they wish to receive it—and increasingly, that means digital content. For that reason, we have decided that the August issue will be the last print edition that we produce....More
  • Aug 15, 2013

    Public safety needs new technology tools

    The good news is that the first elements of a comprehensive integrated network solution designed to meet the future needs of first responders already are beginning to emerge....More


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