Though they're in my own backyard, I only recently got a chance to tour the Public Safety Communications Research laboratories in Boulder, Colo. And now I realize what a big deal they are. PSCR is a joint effort of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It has been instrumental in performing interoperability research on behalf of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), which is overseen by NTIA and is charged with putting together the National Public Safety Broadband Network.
The FCC signaled it plans to auction new spectrum blocks, the 1695-1710 MHz band and the 1755-1780 MHz band, as early as 2014, giving the CTIA and wireless carriers another victory in their quest to free up more radio waves for mobile broadband.
The FCC signaled its intention to auction two bands of spectrum--1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz--as early as September 2014.
The board of directors at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected a new general manager, but the candidate's name is being withheld pending successful completion of background check processes.
BOULDER, Colo.--At its third public meeting, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board voted unanimously to start a process that could enable seven public-safety jurisdictions to resume LTE network deployments they were forced to halt last spring.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will distribute $121.5 million in grants to assist states in planning for the LTE-based nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will hold its next meeting on Feb. 12, giving it a chance to respond publicly to a barrage of complaints regarding the board's perceived lack of transparency and responsiveness.
AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA inked an agreement with the Department of Defense to explore the possibility of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by the Pentagon and other federal agencies located in the 1755 - 1850 MHz band.
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) provides clearer communications than what is being delivered by equipment currently used by first responders, according to a recent government study.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) got down to business at its second board meeting with a full agenda that included laying the groundwork for an impending decision on how jurisdictions that received federal grants can move forward with their public-safety LTE deployments as well as addressing the types of devices and applications that may be available for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).