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FirstNet gets earful from interest groups: 122 responses to its RFI, 63 on its Public Notice

If you're planning on building a nationwide LTE network for first responders, you'd better be prepared to hear from a cadre of interest groups. Such is the case for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which recently closed the comment period on its Public Notice.

FBI director says cell phone data must be available for law enforcement

FBI Director James Comey said that contact lists, photos and other data stored on cell phones needs to be accessible to law enforcement and hinted that attempts to encrypt all that data by companies like Google and Apple are taking things too far.

California sheriff: Criminal act, not falling tree, caused AT&T outage

In a twist on the old falling tree in the forest riddle, Tuolumne County, Calif., Sheriff Jim Mele said a criminal act, not a falling tree, actually caused a fiber cut that disrupted AT&T phone and Internet service outside the town of Sonora.

FBI keeps police quiet on use of cell phone trackers

The FBI is keeping under wraps the use of a device that lets police officers zero in on the location of cell phones--and thereby persons of interest or suspects, according to a document released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

FirstNet aims to release final RFP by end of 2015

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to hold an Industry Day in early 2015 for potential vendors and hopes to release a final request for proposal by the end of 2015, according to an  Urgent Communications  report.

Comcast home invasion lawsuit exposes risks for home automation, security service providers

Exposing the possible liability risks for providers of home automation and security services, Comcast is being sued by a Kirkland, Wash., family following a grisly home-invasion incident last year.

Public-safety agencies leverage FirstNet spectrum during Phish concert

Public-safety officials in the Denver area were able to use the First Responder Network Authority's Band 14 spectrum to access network databases during a three-day concert by the band Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The city is located in Adams County, which is leasing 700 MHz spectrum from FirstNet for use by its ADCOM911 communications center.

Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders

Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.

FirstNet RFI, public notice lay groundwork for network procurement

The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.

FirstNet will issue RFI, kick off public comment period at next board meeting

LAS VEGAS--The First Responder Network Authority will release a request for information (RFI) at its Sept. 17 board meeting and will also announce a public comment-and-notice period, through which FirstNet will seek input on issues such as whether FirstNet access should be expanded beyond public-safety users, according to Ed Parkinson, FirstNet's director of government affairs.