Though they're in my own backyard, I only recently got a chance to tour the Public Safety Communications Research laboratories in Boulder, Colo. And now I realize what a big deal they are. PSCR is a joint effort of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It has been instrumental in performing interoperability research on behalf of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), which is overseen by NTIA and is charged with putting together the National Public Safety Broadband Network.
For the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) to achieve success in building the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), it must meet the mission-critical needs of public safety, remain financially viable and ensure state and local buy-in for the network, according to Dennis Martinez, CTO of Harris' RF communications division, who helped craft the NPSBN's interoperability requirements.
Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
Verizon Wireless is proceeding with plans to commercially introduce voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 2014, said an executive with the carrier's parent company.
Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program is extending its reach to Ketchikan, Alaska, via an agreement with KPU Telecommunications.
Kentucky-based Bluegrass Cellular, which already offers mobile broadband service as part of Verizon Wireless' rural LTE initiative, launched a fixed LTE service called GetSetGo.
Sue Swenson, board member of the First Responder Network Authority, made a pitch justifying the independent authority's reason for being, noting a National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will enjoy cost savings on devices and infrastructure.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is still working to create a draft framework for a 700 MHz spectrum lease agreement that would allow seven public-safety projects across the country to resume LTE network deployments.
While 1800 MHz is becoming prime real estate for LTE deployments, APT700 MHz digital dividend spectrum continues to gain importance as a potential global band for LTE, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
The board of directors at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected a new general manager, but the candidate's name is being withheld pending successful completion of background check processes.