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.
Startup Range Networks expects to expand beyond building private cellular networks this year and move into public networks in the United States and in developing markets, as it focuses on building out networks more efficiently and cheaply than larger competitors.
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.
The board of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the creation of a special review committee to investigate whether the board has complied with federal rules that apply to its hiring, sourcing and meeting practices in its efforts to set up the LTE-based National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
According to the agenda for the First Responder Network Authority's meeting this past week, board member Paul Fitzgerald was supposed to deliver an update on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which was created to provide input to FirstNet from the public-safety community.
Verizon Wireless executive Bill D'Agostino Jr. is now the general manager of The First Responder Network Authority, but his introduction was overshadowed by salvos launched by one of FirstNet's own board members regarding the authority's lack of transparency.
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.
U.S. wireless operators will be flocking to New Orleans in a couple of weeks to attend the annual Competitive Carriers Expo, which takes place April 17-19 at the New Orleans Marriott. I expect such hot-button topics as incentive auctions, data roaming and IP transition will likely be debated at the conference.
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.
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.