In a special board meeting held via teleconference, the First Responder Network Authority finally approved a spectrum manager lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas for Harris County's LTE-based public-safety network, which uses 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Mutualink, whose interoperability platform is fully deployed in the nation's only operationally deployed public-safety LTE network, is pushing for use of its media cohesion framework (MCF) as part of the LTE network being planned by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
The CIO for Charlotte, N.C., said concerns about sustainability of the city's planned public-safety network ultimately led to a suspension of negotiations that could have enabled Charlotte to lease 700 MHz spectrum from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Nokia and Harris want the First Responders Network Authority to think of them when it goes looking for rapidly deployable LTE solutions for disaster areas, rural emergency situation and extended network coverage during special public events.
Debate has raged over what role commercial mobile networks ought to play in the rollout of the national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) that the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) is charged with crafting. A similar debate is happening in Europe, where a lack of dedicated, harmonized spectrum for public safety is opening opportunities for mobile operators to provide shared access to their infrastructure.
The bad news is that a comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being crafted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not slated to go out until early 2015. But the good news is, at that point states and territories should have a much better grasp regarding their costs to participate in the network.
While the First Responders Network Authority searches for someone to head up LTE network planning and design for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), a new report has revealed that nearly a quarter of U.S. states still have not engaged in active stakeholder outreach related to the FirstNet effort.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--Small cells failed to take off in the commercial cellular arena as quickly or on as grand a scale as expected, but other sectors are starting to consider how they might employ the diminutive base stations. Athena Wireless Communications, for example, is targeting public safety and the military for its small cell products.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--June 3, 2014, marked a new era for the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet). Not only did the board meet in a public ballroom while audience members sat within spitting distance, but the new chairwoman brought along a refreshing candor that should go a long way toward healing the rift that had emerged between FirstNet and the overall public-safety community.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--A brewing controversy over technical standards and hiring issues are some of the latest bugaboos haunting the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) as it crafts plans for the national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).