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Unanswered questions loom as governors prepare to make ‘opt-in/opt-out’ FirstNet choices

Oct 04, 2017
Most governors have until Dec. 28 to make their "opt-in/opt-out" choices regarding FirstNet. Considerable information about FirstNet is available,...

MythBusters: A FirstNet edition

Jun 27, 2017
Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing...

FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality

Jun 13, 2017
When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial...

Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems

May 16, 2017
News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other...

Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence

May 08, 2017
Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications...

Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters

Apr 11, 2017
FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However,...

A funny thing happened on the way to IWCE 2017 …

Mar 27, 2017
With the big FirstNet board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, IWCE attendees may notice some changes in the speaker lineups early in the week....

Government officials anxious for FirstNet clarity while contemplating long-term plans

Feb 28, 2017
Public safety may have the greatest interest in the outcome of a court decision that could clarify when FirstNet will be able to award its nationwide...

Five years later, public safety can see a light at the end of FirstNet tunnel

Feb 21, 2017
It has been five years since FirstNet was established. Will it be worth the wait?...

All eyes on court as decision time approaches in FirstNet case

Feb 09, 2017
Next week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is expected to receive the final written brief in the lawsuit filed by Rivada Mercury protesting the...

Uncertain delays create timing issues for states, public safety in preparation for FirstNet

Jan 10, 2017
FirstNet officials say they are ready to proceed, but states and first-responder agencies are awaiting the outcome of a legal proceeding to get a...

FirstNet cybersecurity demands just one area that potential opt-out states should weigh carefully

Dec 20, 2016
Many advocates of the opt-out alternative to FirstNet cite the option as a way for a state to exert greater control over the public-safety broadband...

Why public safety should be excited by FirstNet’s prospects, despite potential delays

Dec 06, 2016
Rivada Mercury is suing to protest its removal from consideration for the FirstNet procurement, noting the strengths of its proposal. Now that the...

10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor

Nov 22, 2016
While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety...

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Donny Jackson is editor of Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining UC in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine....
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