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Whitepaper: How FirstNet Can Better Prepare the U.S. for Crisis Response

By Amanda Murphy

A white paper released this week by Mutualink details how FirstNet will assist in preparing the U.S. for future crisis situations. The paper, titled Lessons Learned from Global Attacks: How FirstNet Can Better Prepare the U.S. for Crisis Response, uses research from large-scale crisis events around the world to determine patterns. These patterns revealed recurring problems hindering first responders and include communication breakdowns among responding agencies, overcrowded cellular networks, and a lack of real-time information sharing at the scene. The paper highlights 3 items that first responders need from FirstNet: ·   ...

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Public Safety Communications in the Post 9/11 Era

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, has released a video series of first responders sharing their visions for the future of public safety communications. The nationwide public safety communication network that FirstNet is working to deploy was prompted by the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2011. The 9/11 Commission recommended a dedicated first responder network to aid efficiency and timeliness during tragic events. In the video series Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Public Safety Communications in the Post 9/11 Era, FirstNet shares the stories of four public safety...

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FCC Seeks Comments on State Opt-Out Procedure

By Amanda Murphy

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently released a Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that takes steps toward clearing current use of Band 14 spectrum for FirstNet’s use. The Report and Order gives a deadline of August 13, 2017, for public safety officials currently using this radio space now licensed for the nationwide public safety LTE network to relocate to other frequencies. FirstNet is assisting with relocation efforts through its created grant program by providing $40 million in funding. The Report and Order also asks for comment on the FCC’s proposed administering of the opt-out process for states...

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Wireless Communications Capacity is Necessary for Large Events

By Amanda Murphy

With current wireless technology, networks quickly get overloaded in large, emergency situations. The same is true for events with large crowds, which is another reason public safety officials are looking forward to FirstNet’s national communications network dedicated for first responders. According to FirstNet, outreach and consultation efforts with first responders throughout the U.S. have revealed a need for large capacity communication and data needs during large events. As it currently stands, a lack of sufficient bandwidth causes congestion and unreliability. When coordinating public safety resources for large-scale events, such as...

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