Marty Travers, telecommunications president for Black & Veatch, discusses his company’s recent purchase of RCC Consultants and plans to fulfill existing contracts during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Members of a House subcommittee and the state of Ohio CIO yesterday expressed support for FirstNet’s timely execution of its deployment roadmap during a hearing on the topic. In addition, one lawmaker called $5,000 public-safety radios “yesterday,” and another asked whether FirstNet would benefit from being split from NTIA.
FirstNet offers commercial-carrier partners a significant opportunity in rural America, but public safety’s needs in urban and suburban locations could be so great that there may not be much capacity left for commercial use on a secondary basis, according to a top official for the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA).
Steven Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), discusses potential opportunities for his organization’s membership to partner with FirstNet in rural locations. On Friday, June 12, CCA will host a webinar about FirstNet.
Many public-safety officials believe that commercial wireless carriers are logical partners for FirstNet in its effort to deploy and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network, but nationwide carriers may view the endeavor as too risky to participate, one analyst said during a webinar hosted by IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
FirstNet is seeking partnerships that ensure the nationwide public-safety broadband network is financially sustainable in the long term and provides first responders with “the best price possible” for service, officials said during a meeting yesterday with attendees interested in responding to the FirstNet draft RFP.
Several states and territories were outspoken in their criticism of FirstNet’s preliminary legal interpretation of opt-out options, asking for detailed clarity in FirstNet’s state plans and questioning whether the federal entity is legally authorized to take some of the stances its staff has proposed.
Pryme Radio Products recently showcased four accessories that leverage Bluetooth technology as the California-based manufacturer continues to expand its product portfolio supporting both two-way-radio and cellular users.