One of the hottest topics in the commercial mobile industry is the notion of network optimization — using tools to ensure that traffic is prioritized and capacity is offloaded or loaded more efficiently. And video is at the center of it.
Though many chiefs may struggle with the myriad challenges and problems that digital and social media present, because they represent uncharted waters, the worst thing that any chief could do is stick his head in the sand and hope the problem goes away, according to former fire chief and attorney Curt Varone.
Interoperability is an issue that Tier 2 and Tier 3 mobile operators continue to grapple with in their quest to roll out LTE networks, and it’s one that public-safety LTE operators should care about, said Steve Berry, president of the Rural Carriers Association.
White-hat hackers have been providing consulting services for years. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? I know that, if I were to try to put together a security system designed to stop my home from being burglarized, the first guy I’d want to talk to would be a former burglar.
Should the threat of cyber war be an issue that should be addressed before we build out a nationwide public-safety network? If we put all our eggs into that basket, does it leave us open to an attack that potentially could shut down emergency communications for police, fire and federal first-responder agencies?
No two 700 MHz waiver issues have been the same. However, the bottom line is that none of these proposed projects have progressed as quickly as hoped, which begs the question: Is there a better way to procure these projects, so these LTE deployments happen more efficiently?
A larger FCC order on this topic is expected in the upcoming months, but some question whether the agency can interpret existing law to grant the kinds of flexible use of public safety’s 700 MHz broadband that would provide the greatest benefits to taxpayers.