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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet: Priority Issues Likely Limited to Secondary Users

By Sarah Hagen

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is studying the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Its task is to understand the network’s capacity especially during times of disaster. In an article from Urgent Communications, “FirstNet LTE  sites should provide enough bandwidth capacity to serve the needs of public safety users in almost all response scenarios,” per findings by PSAC. The article shares insights from Barry Fraser, chairman of the PSAC task team charged with studying quality-of-service and priority/preemption implications for FirstNet. Fraser said, “The task team reached this conclusion after examining...

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FirstNet: RFP Approved by FirstNet Board

By Sarah Hagen

According to an article in Telecompaper, “The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board has announced approval of the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) and directed management to take all necessary actions to release the RFP in early January.” The article states that, “The FirstNet RFP is objectives based and incorporates public safety’s needs for a nationwide broadband network. It was developed after FirstNet issued multiple requests for information, public notices, and special notices for public comment. FirstNet also collected stakeholder feedback on the RFP documents...

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FIRSTNET: What Agencies Can Do Now

By Sarah Hagen

One common question FirstNet gets during our presentations and workshops is, “What can we be doing now?” NetMotion Wireless, a company dedicated to providing discerning businesses with the most secure and reliable mobile VPN technology on the market, is working toward that answer. A blog from NetMotion Wireless explains that earlier this year, they “began working with FirstNet modem vendors to integrate the early FirstNet-capable modems with NetMotion Diagnostics so that each jurisdiction, regardless of size, could evaluate its current wireless coverage and usage patterns and make informed recommendations to state and federal entities about...

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FirstNet: NetMotion Wireless Makes FirstNet Trials a Breeze

By Sarah Hagen

Those public-safety officials looking to evaluate wireless broadband options from  FirstNet    and commercial carriers can now do so. NetMotion Wireless has released a software package that “supports two 700 MHz Band 14 devices today and is expected to support many more during the next year,” according to an article from Urgent Communications. NetMotion Wireless shared in November that the latest release of its new software package (Diagnostics 3.2) is being used by public safety agencies that are part of FirstNet trials or are preparing to be on a trial network, according to John Knopf, vice president of product...

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