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October 03, 2016 | Comments
Phil Kidner, who is celebrating 10 years as the CEO of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA), offers his views about the past 10 years and the industry’s future.

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September 27, 2016 | Comments
Ten states, a Virginia county and the District of Columbia submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) notice and request for comments regarding the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Concerns about the timing, additional information from federal entities overseeing the process, grant evaluation, transparency and other issues were raised in the comments.

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September 23, 2016 | Comments
It wasn’t too many decades ago when trunking technology was introduced in the Part 90 bands. Because trunking systems need not distinguish between the users seeking access to the technology, the basis for retaining 20 or so disparate radio services where spectrum was allocated based on the type of business an applicant was engaged became instantly obsolete. Just in case any readers are too young to remember, there used to be actual separate radio service spectrum allocations for relay press, motion picture, motor carrier and even telephone maintenance business activities.

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September 12, 2016 | Comments
Venture-capital backed entity Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP) announced plans to deploy a nationwide 800 and 900 MHz network using TETRA equipment and spectrum and balloon technology from Space Data. PSP plans to launch a statewide SkyTrunk network and a separate network in a metropolitan area in the fourth quarter. Each system will cover populations of more than 2.5 million, totalling more than 5 million.

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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Urban Shield, the largest regional training exercise in the country, kicked off Sept. 8 with Yellow Command’s interoperable radio tests and a full-scale activation of Commodity Points of Distribution (C-POD) during a simulated Bay Area earthquake response.

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September 06, 2016 | Comments
Seven new documents critical to the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) pushing forward with new product performance and interoperability testing were released. Following a transfusion of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) leadership and funding, new energy, additional staff, appointment of a well-qualified advisory panel (AP) and continued support from industry, the P25 CAP is showing signs of life, but much work remains.

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August 25, 2016 | Comments
Harris and Tait Communications executives provided further details about the exclusive agreement announced earlier this month between the two companies, including integrating the two vendors’ distribution channels. Under the agreement, Harris becomes the master exclusive distributor for all of Tait’s products, including Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25), in North America.

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August 09, 2016 | Comments
In a strange twist to the continuing 800 MHz rebanding saga, four Mexican companies have petitioned the FCC to clarify a dispute regarding U.S.-Mexico border 800 MHz rebanding. The Mexican companies want Sprint or AT&T to pay to reband their 800 MHz licenses in the “sharing zone” along the border.

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July 22, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced that it submitted a bid for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network during an earnings conference call on July 21. AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed the bid but did not offer any further details.

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July 19, 2016 | Comments
Mission-critical communications networks, both Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Project 25 (P25), are helping security and communications efforts at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland this week.

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