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FirstNet Opens Innovation and Test Lab

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has opened an innovation and test lab at its technical headquarters in Colorado. This state-of-the-art laboratory will be the site for testing of features, device functionality, and apps of the future nationwide public safety communications network. The test lab is expected to help reduce the time it will take to field test and deploy the various public safety features of the dedicated LTE communications network for first responders. It will also serve as a foundation for a future FirstNet Training/Experience Center for hands-on training, demonstration, and user evaluation of FirstNet...

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Emergency Responders Test FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

Fire officials and emergency responders in Ohio had the opportunity to experience the future of broadband and emergency communications in critical, large-scale situations. FirstNet constructed a dedicated LTE broadband network for an event occurring around Dayton, Ohio. The dedicated network was for exclusive use by fire, law enforcement, EMS, and public safety personnel. The event was sponsored by the state of Ohio and Green County, Ohio, and involved 6 months of preparation. The public safety network used the special band class 14 (700 MHz) frequencies that have been set aside by the FCC for FirstNet’s use. The test network was fairly...

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FirstNet Delays Award Announcement

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth announced the organization would not be naming the contract awardee for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network by the original targeted date of November 1, 2016. In a blog post, Poth explained FirstNet has made significant progress in the process to deploy a nationwide LTE network dedicated to first responders, but will “continue to execute the acquisition process outlined in the RFP beyond the November 1 target date for the award.” The RFP was released in January, and for the past few months FirstNet has been evaluating these proposals from companies endeavoring to be the selected partner to deploy the...

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FCC Using Form 477 Data to Close the Mobile Broadband Gap in Rural America

By Matt Diaz

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced improved analysis of coverage data that will help the FCC realize its ambitious goal of universal broadband and advanced mobile coverage across the United States. In order to achieve this goal, the FCC created the Mobility Fund as a part of the Connect America Fund. The Mobility Fund is a universal service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile service. However, in order for the Mobility Fund to improve coverage in underserved wireless mobile service areas, the FCC needs detailed coverage data. Largely due to access to more reliable data from provider-filed Forms...

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