From Motorola Solutions to Intel, company executives have been busy perusing the hefty Request for Proposals (RFP) that the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released last week for the deployment of a dedicated broadband network for public safety.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said it has halted payments for Los Angeles' LTE network for public-safety workers after regulators there voted to halt the construction of the network.
The FCC's proposal to open up more of the 5 GHz band for use by unlicensed devices continues to draw criticism and generate debate in multiple corners, as supporters of the commission's plan square off against critics that are concerned about the proposal's impact on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs).
Motorola Solutions, bolstered by its early success in public-safety LTE, is selling off its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion cash, enabling Motorola to focus exclusively on mission-critical communications for government and public-safety customers.
SouthernLinc, a smaller wireless carrier that provides service in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, said it has committed to maintaining its iDEN network through at least 2020. The company said it made the commitment in order to assure its customers--which include public safety workers, utilities workers and others--that they will continue to be able to use their SouthernLinc service in the years ahead.
Motorola Solutions will develop the LTE-based public-safety broadband network for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS), which was the first jurisdiction to approve a 700 MHz spectrum-lease pact with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) is not happy with some of Motorola Solutions' alleged lobbying tactics, which he contends are aimed at undermining the First Responder Network Authority and its efforts to craft the nationwide public safety broadband network.
The LTE network being crafted by the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) is not yet officially designed, but Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions have collaborated on an in-vehicle modem for public-safety that is designed to seamlessly roam between Verizon's LTE network as well as FirstNet's.
The latest news surrounding the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) concerns Motorola Solutions' lobbying activities and the awarding of grants to five states under the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) being run by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Frustrated over lack of access to 700 MHz spectrum now under the control of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Mississippi's Wireless Communications Commission froze construction on its $56 million LTE network for public safety, a project that was nearly 80 percent complete.