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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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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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