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March 28, 2016 | Comments
Relocation of UHF T-band licensees is an issue that the industry needs to address shortly after the November elections. Many licensees are unsure of how or if to move forward with LMR networks in the band and the loss of the spectrum also presents interoperability challenges. The industry, both public safety and business and industry, needs to collectively roll out a plan to address the T-band spectrum.

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March 21, 2016 | Comments
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) conducted collocation interference tests between Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz band 13 spectrum and the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) 700 MHz band 14 Long Term Evolution (LTE) eNodeBs in remote south-central Idaho where there were no other band 13 or 14 emissions.

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March 18, 2016 | Comments
The state of Colorado released its request for information (RFI) about a public-safety broadband network (PSBN). Responses are due May 31. The state said some results from the RFI may be integrated into a formal solicitation developed for the procurement of a potential Colorado alternative radio access network (RAN) or opt-out implementation.

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March 15, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions March 9 formally protested the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) award for a new two-way radio network, saying its bid would save the authority $35 million. The MTA in late February awarded a $202.1 million contract to Parsons Transportation Group for a new two-way radio network for the authority’s buses.

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March 14, 2016 | Comments
Countries throughout the world are accelerating efforts to address cybersecurity risks to their public-safety and mission-critical communications networks. International cooperation is a recurring theme in many countries’ plans to fight cybersecurity threats.

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March 01, 2016 | Comments
Critical infrastructure industries (CII) companies are always looking for new spectrum opportunities to support their services that rely on reliable and always-available communications capabilities. Law firm Keller and Heckman outlined three potential secondary market spectrum opportunities that have attracted recent attention from CII companies and that may soon be available for CII use.

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February 23, 2016 | Comments
A coalition of 9-1-1 public-safety and industry leaders, in cooperation with the National 9-1-1 Program and the Next Generation 9-1-1 Institute, announced a nationwide effort to accelerate the implementation of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) services by the end of 2020.

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February 19, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released the first batch of questions from potential bidders for its nationwide public-safety broadband network request for proposals (RFP), along with responses. FirstNet is extending the deadline for capability statements and final proposals by two weeks.

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February 16, 2016 | Comments
France has allocated 2 by 5 megahertz and 2 by 3 megahertz in the 700 MHz band for a broadband public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) dedicated network, said a French Ministry of Interior (MoI) official. The decision for the 698 – 703/753 – 758 MHz and 733 – 736/788 – 791 MHz allocations was incorporated into the legal corpus but will be enacted in July 2019.

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February 09, 2016 | Comments
Two-way radio manufacturers are working to certify products to the two new LMR standards for equipment used in Class I, Division 1 hazardous locations. The new standards were finalized in 2013 after industry groups asked the International Society of Automation (ISA) and FM Approvals to reconsider recent changes to intrinsically safe (IS) two-way radios, saying the changes were too expensive and not feasible to implement.

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