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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems Authority (BayRICS) and the city of Boston submitted an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to resolve Rivada Mercury’s pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network as quickly as possible.

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February 21, 2017 | Comments
Rolling out a nationwide public-safety broadband network is difficult and uncharted territory. The three countries that are likely the furthest along in developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for public-safety agencies have one thing in common — they are delayed.

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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) announced that summaries of 9-1-1-related state legislation enacted during 2016 are now available on the NCSL website.

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February 17, 2017 | Comments
The filing of a pair of documents Feb. 16 marked the final scheduled deadline in Rivada Mercury’s pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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February 08, 2017 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its third fiscal quarter results for the period ended Dec. 31, 2016, and offered insight into future opportunities including unlicensed spectrum.

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February 07, 2017 | Comments
The market for proximity services (ProSe) in public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices — called direct mode or off network in LMR systems — is uncertain because of a lack of public-safety standards and commitments from chipmakers for the technology.

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February 06, 2017 | Comments
Lawmakers and witnesses were generally favorable to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) laboratory, located in Boulder, Colorado, during a House communications subcommittee hearing Feb. 2. The hearing covered reauthorizing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which oversees federal spectrum.

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February 02, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released a video offering more information on the state plans.

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January 31, 2017 | Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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January 27, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Innovation and Test Lab in Boulder, Colorado, is conducting a number of general Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage tests on commercial networks. As part of the analysis, FirstNet’s device team completed local LTE mobility testing using the FirstNet Lab’s LTE devices, as well as data collection, post processing and mapping tools.

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