The First Responder Network Authority moved further along with planning for the LTE-based nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) by issuing a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. However, FirstNet also put an end to negotiations with several public-safety entities hoping to lease its spectrum for public-safety networks within their jurisdictions.
A live exercise scenario involving a simulated severe tornado will be one of the highlights of an event held by General Dynamics C4 Systems, which will focus on 700 MHz LTE networks for first responders.
The Special Review Committee investigating the board of First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) may find itself relieved of its duties with further investigation being turned over to the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General.
The FCC voted Thursday to adopt draft rules that would require carriers to publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are working during and immediately after disasters.
The Special Review Committee investigating the First Responder Network Authority issued its initial report, finding that FirstNet board members broke no laws and have complied with statutory requirements for development of the nationwide public safety broadband network. Nonetheless, the board chairman acknowledged FirstNet could stand to improve its processes.
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.
Listeners who called into a Sept. 12 teleconference hoping to get the inside scoop on findings of a committee investigating the practices of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) were disappointed as committee head Wellington Webb revealed that results of the review are still not ready and will not be presented to the FirstNet board until next week. The board is expected to make the results public.
AT&T has worked with federal and local counternarcotics agents for at least six years by giving them routine access, via subpoenas, to a database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls, as part of an effort to thwart domestic drug trafficking.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) posted its answers to questions received from potential respondents to 10 Requests for Information issued earlier this month regarding the radio access network and core network for the nationwide public safety broadband network being planned.
A federal task force charged by President Obama with investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and making recommendations on how to prepare for future emergencies said the country's communications systems needed to be more resilient to handle major power outages.