Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, June 15, 2017

The Art of Opting In to FirstNet Introduction On or about June 19 (next week), the state Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) will be given access to a web portal where they will find the state plan proposals as provided by the FirstNet/AT&T team. This is the first step in the opt-in or opt-out process and the SPOCs will have 45 days to provide FirstNet and AT&T with the state’s questions, comments, and suggestions. FirstNet has made it clear that if a state is happy with the state plan as delivered it can opt in right away and start making use of the AT&T network with priority access (pre-emptive priority to follow at the end of the year), and taking advantage of the cost savings promised during the SPOC meeting last week in Dallas. At the PSCR meeting in San Antonio this week I attended for only two days and I heard rumors there is a race to see which state will be first to opt in. Even so, most states will want to take the entire 45 days and hopefully involve the customers of the network, the public safety community within that state. Read the entire article .

The week’s news courtesy of Discovery Patterns:

Motorola Solutions to bring LTE products to FirstNetTelecompaper via Google Alerts Jun 15 02:15 The company will also deliver a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically for the needs of public safety. The suite will …

5G Will Provide Major Benefits For Mission Critical Communications, But Narrowband …NewsLocker via Google Alerts Jun 14 19:35 A unified approach to Mission Critical Communications is essential now and in the future as Mission Critical LTE becomes fully functional, warns …

FirstNet: The long-awaited public safety broadband network is underwayFire Chief via Google Alerts Jun 14 18:30 From the very beginning, the concept of a dedicated broadband spectrum for public safety encountered significant obstacles. Announced by telecom …

NIST Awards $38.5 Million To Accelerate Public Safety Communications TechnologiesLos Alamos Daily Post via Google Alerts Jun 14 17:20 … video and voice communications from mobile radio to a nationwide public safety broadband network, as well as accelerating critical technologies …

Pai Names Lisa Fowlkes FCC Public Safety Bureau ChiefMultichannel News via Google Alerts Jun 13 16:00 Pai Names Lisa Fowlkes FCC Public Safety Bureau Chief …

As states test waters for first responder networks, AT&T hopes to catch them all with FirstNetxmlpush Jun 13 09:45 States have started exploring alternatives to the $40-billion nationwide first responder network in the works by AT&T, but the Dallas telco has no interest in letting them wiggle away. While state suitors push to make the opt-out process easier, AT&T (NYSE: T) is arguing to maintain standards it says are stringent for a reason, to protect the “enormously high stakes” of the issue at hand, according to a Federal Communication Commission filing. The opt…

ETSI tests LTE kit for mission-critical comms used by policeElectronics Weekly Jun 12 08:00 The first interoperability test sessions for mission-critical LTE equipment will take place later this month at the ETSI headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France. These are standard’s body ETSI’s first plugtests for Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) with equipment from different vendors. Push-to-Talk (PTT) is a standard feature of narrowband Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) technologies developed … Read full article: ETSI tests LTE kit for mission-critical comms used by police

AT&T Accelerates FirstNet Opt-In Timeline For States Eager to ParticipateWireless Week via Google Alerts Jun  9 07:45 AT&T and FirstNet are slashing the opt-in timeline for the first responder network buildout, giving states eager to participate the ability to green light the …

FirstNet, AT&T drop ‘draft state plan’ term, announce process for early ‘opt-in’ decisionsUrgent Communications via Google Alerts Jun  8 19:05 Governors will have an opportunity to accept the FirstNet state plan for deploying a public-safety broadband network within the borders as soon as …

FCC chairman visits Iowa, discusses rural broadband accessSioux City Journal via Google Alerts Jun  8 05:35 … can start a business… you can get better educational opportunities for your kids, you can get better healthcare through telemedicine and telehealth, …

Huawei, Telefonica launch Chile-based NB-IoT Open LabTelecompaper via Google Alerts Jun 15 04:10 Huawei and Telefonica have joined forces to open an NB-IoT Open Lab for the development of products and applications related to Narrow Band …

Cable Lobby Again Makes It Clear That Net Neutrality Didn’t Hurt Broadband InvestmentTechdirt Corporate Intelligence Jun 14 15:06 So we’ve long noted how giant ISPs like Comcast have repeatedly tried to claim that the FCC’s fairly modest 2015 net neutrality rules utterly devastated broadband industry investment. The problem for Comcast is that any time a journalist takes the time to review publicly-available SEC filings and earnings reports, that claim is proven indisputably false . Yet, no matter how many times this complete and total fabrication is pointed out by the media , broadband industry…

Motorola Offers Details on AT&T FirstNet EquipmentTelecompetitor via Google Alerts Jun 14 13:35 firstnet Motorola Solutions will provide best in class mobile apps, sofware and services for the 4G LTE wireless/mobile broadband network AT&T is …

HIMSS, PCHAlliance urge FCC to move quickly on widespread broadbandHealthcare IT News via Google Alerts Jun 14 11:35 … to broadband connections to enable the use of remote patient monitoring and other chronic disease management programs that require connectivity …

Motorola Solutions and AT&T to Bring Best-in-Class LTE Solutions to FirstNet NetworkMotorola Newsroom – Motorola Solutions via Google Alerts Jun 14 03:30 Motorola Solutions to provide mobile apps, software and services to help power a new generation of communications capabilities for U.S. public safety

Shaw Communications Inc. Announces Acquisition of 700 MHz and 2500 MHz Wireless Spectrum …Marketwired via Google Alerts Jun 13 22:45 Our Consumer division serves consumers with broadband Internet, Shaw Go WiFi, video and digital phone. Our Wireless division provides wireless …

EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Narrowband Internet-of-Things (IoT) Chipset Market Report …openPR via Google Alerts Jun 13 21:30 QYResearchReports.com is an unimpeachable source of market research data for clients that comprise acclaimed SMEs, Chinese companies, private …

LaaSer Critical Communications, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Begin Pilot Program to …SYS-CON Media via Google Alerts Jun 13 15:15 The FCC has been clear in demanding that wireless carriers proactively address this issue. By 2021, the commission wants at least 80 percent of 911 …

Narrow Band IoT: Wide Range of Opportunities on Cellular IoTweSRCH via Google Alerts Jun 12 08:25 180k/200k System Bandwidth. Leverage Existing Network Asset, Standalone/Guard Band Deployment Scenarios, Uplink Narrow Band Transmission, …

LTE Band 28 (700 MHz) Operators and LTE Devices for B284G Mobile Broadband – blogger via Google Alerts Jun 10 06:35 LTE is used by the network providers in various frequency ranges. In the future, the area around 700 MHz(LTE Band 28) will be increasingly used.

FCC Releases Data Update on Broadband Mapping ToolHealthcare Informatics via Google Alerts Jun  9 12:55 As telehealth, telemedicine, and other cutting-edge mHealth initiatives gain momentum across the country, this …

FCC/Robert Wood Johnson Data Pinpoints Broadband Healthcare DisconnectsBroadcasting & Cable via Google Alerts Jun  9 10:55 “As telehealth, telemedicine, and other cutting-edge mHealth initiatives gain momentum across the country, this web-based mapping platform enables …

Global Narrowband Internet-of-Things (IoT) Chipset Market Industry Trends and ForecastDigital Journal via Google Alerts Jun  8 17:35 Global Narrowband Internet-of-Things (IoT) Chipset Market Industry Trends …