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Going Social on Small Business Saturday

By Eric Frederick

Since 2010, local businesses have urged customers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the event continues to grow, thanks in large part to an active annual social media campaign.

FirstNet Updates

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)’s newly opened innovation and test lab is an exciting milestone for the future nationwide public safety communications network. Photos of the lab have been posted on FirstNet’s Facebook page in the album titled FirstNet Lab and an informational video has been posted on FirstNet’s YouTube channel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tags:  FCC   Mobility Fund   policy   Iowa   Nevada   Ohio  

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.

FCC Authorizes Railroad Police to Use Public Safety Interoperability Channels

By Amanda Murphy

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed its rules for safety and special radio services to allow railroad police officers to use public safety interoperability frequencies to communicate with public safety officials already authorized to use those channels.

ISCISB Video Explains Communications Leadership in Public Safety Incidents

By Amanda Murphy

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) has released a video detailing the role of a communications leader in a first responder situation and how to be certified to fill that role.

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.

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