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February 02, 2016 | Comments
House lawmakers asked pointed questions about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) request for proposals (RFP) and timeline during a communications and technology subcommittee hearing Feb. 2. In his opening statement, Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the subcommittee, highlighted concerns that FirstNet is asking one company to take on the obligations nationwide through its nationwide approach to the acquisition.

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January 29, 2016 | Comments
Raytheon JPS Communications is closing its business operations, according to a letter sent to a manufacturer’s representative canceling its agreement. The letter, signed by Arthur Powers, vice president – contracts and corporate development, said all JPS warranty obligations will be fulfilled, as well as any other service and maintenance obligations that have been contracted.

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January 26, 2016 | Comments
Several state single points of contact (SPOCs) are generally happy with the coverage details included in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) request for proposals (RFP), released earlier this month. The timeline for buildout is one area of concern, however.

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January 14, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has put together a complex request for proposals (RFP) that is not like any before it. The document, released Jan. 13, presents details on the process, but leaves the actual solution to the bidders.

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January 13, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Jan. 13 issued its request for proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a guaranteed minimum of $150 million and a contract ceiling of $100 billion for the 25-year performance period. Proposals to the RFP are due April 29.

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January 12, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program (ITP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder hosted a joint summit last month to discuss cybersecurity issues affecting public-safety and commercial networks. Panelists identified legacy equipment as one of public safety's biggest cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

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January 05, 2016 | Comments
The issue of 800 MHz interference continues to plague public-safety communications users — as it has for more than a decade — even as we enter a new year with fresh optimism. In addition to 800 MHz rebanding, which many public-safety agencies across the country are still addressing, new cellular rules proposed in 2014 threaten to bring more interference problems for public safety.

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December 23, 2015 | Comments
AT&T is introducing a new quality of service (QoS)-based technology, which the carrier said allows public-safety agencies and critical businesses to prioritize their traffic on AT&T’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. AT&T said AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management (ADTM) will help first responders get through a crowded network during emergency situations.

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December 16, 2015 | Comments
The state of New Hampshire’s Department of Safety released a request for proposals (RFP) for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Proposals from vendors are due Feb. 19.

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December 15, 2015 | Comments
The first TETRA-based SMR network in the United States is set to launch in the Houston area in early 2016. Texas Bigfoot Communications plans to have six sites on the air to target the critical communications and business/industry markets in the area. Jeff Scott Cofsky, vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Texas Bigfoot, said the company’s goal is to have 43 sites online in the next five years.

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