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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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Wearable Tech for First Responders

By Amanda Murphy

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate supports research and development of wearable technology for first responders through its EMERGE program. This collaborative effort includes DHS partnering with emergency responders to identify capabilities and innovative companies to fulfill those needs. In its second year, EMERGE 2016 is bringing together 10 startups in a common effort to deliver the latest innovative wearable technologies. The startups will have the opportunity to receive feedback directly from first responders, industry professionals, and business leaders to assist in getting their products to market...

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FirstNet’s Plan to Maximize Value for Public Safety

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet is moving closer to deploying a dedicated, nationwide LTE radio communications network for public safety. This modern, interoperable structure will allow agencies across the U.S. to use new technologies with increased capacity on a single network. According to FirstNet, there are currently more than 10,000 separate, incompatible radio networks in use by public safety personnel across the country. With its nationwide network,  FirstNet plans to leverage economies of scale, driving down costs for public safety end-users by providing one network. With potentially millions of users on a single network, FirstNet hopes to foster a...

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