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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...

What could go wrong? Here are some sources of potential unwanted delays in FirstNet deployment

Nov 01, 2016
FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that...

Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices

Oct 25, 2016
Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the...

What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project

Oct 20, 2016
Just two weeks before FirstNet's target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer...

Some in-building policy coordination today could reap big communications benefits in the future

Oct 13, 2016
If in-building efforts and reliability standards can be aligned effectively, the potential impact for both public-safety and commercial...

State RFPs for FirstNet highlight intriguing issues for public safety’s 700 MHz narrowband spectrum

Oct 06, 2016
Many in public safety have expressed resistance to the notion that some states are exploring the notion of migrating 700 MHz public-safety narrowband...

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Donny Jackson

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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