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NENA 'aggressive' in making sure FirstNet, NG911 work together, official says

As FirstNet moves forward, it must be compatible with next-generation 911, said a National Emergency Number Association official. The next-gen 911 system will be IP-based to improve the flow of emergency information (including texts, videos and pictures) from the public to safety responders.

FirstNet promises to answer 670 questions on draft documents by July 1

If you haven't seen anyone from a certain First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) team in a while, there's probably a good reason. They've been busy answering hundreds of questions about its Special Notice and draft request for proposals (RFP) documents.

Lawmakers cite rural, budget concerns in FirstNet House subcommittee hearing

Step by step, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is putting its troubled past behind and getting its footing as it seeks to fulfill its mandate to build and operate the first nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

EU prepares updates to data protection laws that could impact cloud service providers

Cloud services were tipped to be included in new data protection rules that are expected to be finalised by the European Union (EU) today (Jun. 15).

FCC pledges to work with Amtrak to resolve spectrum issues related to positive train technology

Just as investigators determined that the engineer driving an Amtrak train was not using his cell phone when the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, an FCC official said the agency believed the railroads either had or were close to getting the spectrum they need to deploy positive train control (PTC) technologies.

Pilot project in central Minnesota strives to set model for FirstNet

One of the big concerns about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not only how a nationwide broadband network for public safety will be created but how it will be sustained with funding. A group in central Minnesota hopes to show that cooperation between the private and public sectors can work to support public safety.

Virginia commits to putting self-driving cars on roads

Just as some experts are sounding the alarm about the potential for hacking into the connected car, transportation officials in Virginia say self-driving cars soon will be cruising along more than 70 miles of northern Virginia highways.

Philadelphia suburb sues service providers over 911 fees

Philadelphia suburb Delaware County is suing 19 Pennsylvania telecom providers because, it claims, they came up short on $41.4 million in 911 fees over a six-year period, the  Philadelphia Inquirer  reported.

Amtrak derailment triggers bickering over positive train technology

Positive train control (PTC) technology has been the focus of attention--and finger pointing--ever since the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

FirstNet deems 'Industry Day' a success as financial challenges loom

More than 425 representatives from federal, state and local jurisdictions, as well as vendor community participants, showed up either in person or via webcast for the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) first "Industry Day."