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May 31, 2016 | Comments
As the number of cyber attacks increase across the U.S. and the world, critical infrastructure entities are increasingly becoming targets. An attack on Ukrainian power stations highlights the cyber threats that U.S. energy providers face

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May 24, 2016 | Comments
On April 25, the FCC released a report and order (R&O) mandating analog FM for use on all interoperability channels in the VHF, UHF and 800 MHz bands. The general industry consensus supports the new rules.

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May 17, 2016 | Comments
When first conceived, the nationwide broadband public-safety network was supposed to be a high-speed data network, but during the past four years, the purpose has evolved to include mission-critical voice. The industry needs to return FirstNet to the concept of a data-only network and focus on getting that part right.

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May 16, 2016 | Comments
As Australia moves toward another government election in July, the Australian public-safety communications community is waiting for government decisions following advice provided by various departments since 2010.

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May 10, 2016 | Comments
In its second meeting, the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) advisory panel (AP) members outlined next steps for the P25 interoperability program, sometimes disagreeing with vendors over the best way to move forward.

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May 03, 2016 | Comments
The state of Washington filed a scathing response to a Sprint request to condition the state’s waiver request for an extension until the end of the year to complete its 800 MHz rebanding efforts. On April 5, the state of Washington asked to extend a previously granted waiver for a time extension to complete rebanding by the end of the year. Three sites out of nearly 130 remain to be rebanded, and radio reprogramming can’t begin until all the sites are complete.

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May 02, 2016 | Comments
The world’s satellite navigation systems have undergone upgrades and new launches during the past several years. The four major positioning systems have all been bolstered with updated satellites that provide longer service, updated functionality and interoperability with other navigation systems.

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April 26, 2016 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) held its annual meeting April 12 in Washington, D.C. LMCC is a nonprofit association of organizations that represent the wireless communications interests of public safety, critical infrastructure, business,industrial, transportation, private and common carriers, and manufacturers of wireless communications equipment. Several 800 MHz items are reported nearing completion by the commission.

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April 18, 2016 | Comments
An industry group is working to standardize two-way radio and Long Term Evolution (LTE) interworking capabilities and submitted a study item to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) SA6 for potential inclusion in LTE Release 14 or 15. The study item is the first step in pushing the issue of interworking PMR/LMR and LTE networks higher on the priority list for 3GPP LTE public-safety requirements.

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April 18, 2016 | Comments
Derek K. Poarch is the executive director and CEO of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. APCO has 10 departments, each with a director who reports to Poarch. The association has 56 full-time employees in two offices — Daytona Beach, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia.

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