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Ireland-based Multipath Networks this month is introducing its bandwidth-aggregation technology–used by first responders and enterprises in Europe–to U.S. consumers and enterprises. The solution is expected to be commercially available early next year.
Interoperability remain a challenge for first responders in the United States, but it is politics and funding–not technology–that are the problems, according to panelists speaking during a webinar hosted by IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
A committee aide for Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller said the senator’s letter to Motorola Solutions “stands on its own” when asked if Rockefeller had any evidence other than media reports that the company was involved in any anti-FirstNet activities.
Only the state of Louisiana still is waiting for its award to be announced. Initially, states will receive only 50% of their award–provided by the NTIA’s State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP)–which will be used to pay for first-phase activities, such as expanding existing governance entities to consult with FirstNet, conducting education and outreach to relevant stakeholders, and identifying potential public-safety users in their jurisdictions.