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FirstNet moves toward final RFP with update to functions, operational architecture

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, has released an updated operational architecture following feedback from its industry day on Aug. 27.

CenturyLink restores toll-free number service following nationwide outage

A nationwide outage on CenturyLink's landline phone network, which impacted all toll-free numbers hosted by the telco, has been restored. But the service interruption left some public services organizations scrambling for alternatives.

These influential women are leading the wireless industry

FierceWireless  has published its "Most Influential Women in Wireless" list since 2008, but this year's list was particularly difficult to compile because there's been a significant surge in the number of women making their way to the top ranks of wireless companies. Special report    

FirstNet: Partnering is way for wireless providers to gain valuable spectrum assets

FirstNet officials told industry representatives at its second Industry Day last week that partnering with FirstNet is a way for wireless service providers to gain access to valuable spectrum assets in less time and with less upfront costs than traditional methods, such as bidding in FCC auctions, according to  IWCE's Urgent Communications.

TWC ordered to pay nearly $6M for Kansas City restaurant explosion

Jurors ruled that Time Warner Cable should pay $5.78 million stemming from a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and injured more than a dozen people at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant in February 2013.

FCC gives Sprint go-ahead to upgrade 800 MHz network in Portland metro area

As part of Sprint's years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.

FirstNet appoints former police captain Poth as new CEO, names Kennedy as president

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board is stepping up its game, announcing a restructuring of its senior management positions and the appointment of former police captain Michael Poth as the new CEO of FirstNet. TJ Kennedy, who has been acting executive director of FirstNet, will function in the role of president.

Report: AT&T handed over 1.1B wireless calling records per day to NSA

Starting in 2011 AT&T began handing over 1.1 billion domestic wireless calling records per day to the National Security Agency (NSA) after a push to get such a program started before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a  New York Times  report.

Nokia Networks expands public safety LTE capabilities with Harris

Nokia Networks has expanded its LTE network in a box (NIB) solution by integrating the BeOn communications suite offering from its public safety partner Harris Corporation. The solution is being showcased at the APCO 2015 conference in Washington, D.C., this week.

Doppler shifts in Wi-Fi signals could be used for surveillance, researchers say

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed technology that uses Wi-Fi to "see" through walls. It works like radar, detecting Doppler shifts in radio frequency waves, which could potentially be used to detect humans in surveillance and military situations.