Los Angeles County board supervisors approve a 63-site “corrective action plan” (CAP) that Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) officials have proposed to revive the suspended public-safety LTE project. LA-RICS has submitted the plan to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for approval.
Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) board members this weekend will review a new proposal for a public-safety LTE system, so the revised plan can be submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Monday, according to an LA-RICS official.
As the saga surrounding the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) public-safety LTE deployment unfolds, FirstNet officials are learning a great deal about the importance of outreach and limitations associated with infrastructure sharing, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.
A cognitive-radio pilot network built by xG Technology on unlicensed 900 MHz spectrum has been deployed in three San Francisco Bay-area municipalities for public-safety communications. Initial usage has been “encouraging,” but the system will be subject to more comprehensive testing later this month, according to an official with the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems Authority (BayRICS).
Officials for the state of Maine announce that more than 2,000 users are communicating on the new statewide digital P25 Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet) system built by Harris, which has replaced disparate aging analog systems that were unable to provide coverage throughout the state.
States and territories can use $58 million in planning grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to gather data in their jurisdictions regarding their first responders’ needs for coverage, capacity and other key functionalities from FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network, NTIA and FirstNet announce.
FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee that FirstNet plans to issue its final request for proposal (RFP) by the end of this year and that “we should be shot” if the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders is not operational by 2022.
FirstNet board members approve a public notice that seeks input on FirstNet’s relationship with states and territories that choose the “opt-out” option, including how revenues generated by opt-out states can be used. Policies associated with these topics could have a significant impact on FirstNet’s efforts to establish a business model that ensures long-term sustainability, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.
A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-responder agencies, which is a challenging task. The good news is that numerous advanced technologies are available today to help deliver on the promise of secure, seamless multi-agency collaboration.