23 Mar

NTIA Announces Second Phase of Funding for State and Local Implementation Grant Program

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Juliana Gruenwald, (202) 482-2145,

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced it will be releasing the second phase of previously-awarded grant funding for states and territories to begin collecting data necessary to plan for the nationwide public safety broadband network being developed by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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18 Mar

Sonim Technologies announces Partnership to Enable New Mission Critical Solutions for First Responders

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By Alexander Maxham, Android Phone News

Today, Sonim Technologies has announced a partnership with Public Safety Application and Accessories Developers for FirstNet. Sonim Technologies makes the world’s toughest smartphones for extreme environments, and that includes first responders. It’s important for first responders to have a rugged device that they can use to keep in touch with their team and everyone else.

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17 Mar

A Firefighting Drone Of Their Own

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By Matt Holsen

BROOKINGS, SD - Drones are becoming a part of our lives more and more each day. In Brookings, the high flyers are buzzing in a new era of modern-day firefighting.

Video of a fire in Connecticut shot by a drone is a great example of why the Brookings Fire Department spent two to three years researching the remote-controlled machines.

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12 Mar

Congressional hearing on FirstNet offers fresh insight into potential opportunities, challenges for commercial partners

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By Urgent Communications Contributor in View from the Top

Carriers, vendors, owners of network infrastructure, and other entities that wish to partner with FirstNet should keep in mind some of the key opportunities and challenges about business opportunities with FirstNet that could be gleaned from this week's hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

By Shawn Chang and Anna Gomez, Wiley Rein LLP

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04 Feb

Question of FirstNet funding now moot, thanks to successful FCC spectrum auction

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By Molly Bernhart Walker

Far surpassing estimated revenues, the Federal Communications Commission raised a staggering $44.9 billion in a recent wireless spectrum auction with some of the proceeds earmarked for the development of a nationwide, interoperable network for first responders.

The AWS-3 auction – comprised of the 1695-1710 megahertz, 1755-1780 MHz and the 2155-2180 MHz bands – closed Jan. 29 and revenues even eclipsed the $19.1 billion raised in the FCC's last major spectrum auction held in 2008.

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