Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, July 6, 2017

Getting Rural Broadband Right

The issues surrounding rural broadband coverage are many and I have been involved in studying them even prior to the formation of FirstNet. In fact, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) used the lack of broadband coverage in congressional districts to convince some senators and representatives that by voting for what became FirstNet they would become heroes in their districts because their rural populations could then be served with broadband. In a Senate hearing on FirstNet in June of 2016, the Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee, Senator Wicker (R-MS), made it clear that rural coverage was a concern to him and other members of Congress.

In the FirstNet request for proposal Section J-1 Coverage and Capacity Definitions, FirstNet defined the coverage areas and types of coverage. In another section of the RFP, FirstNet required those responding to partner with and use rural carriers to help achieve the coverage goals. Now that AT&T has been awarded the contract and the state plans are being evaluated before becoming finalized, there are many questions regarding Public Safety coverage in rural areas of the United States. However, FirstNet and AT&T, like the rest of the organizations and groups pushing for broadband coverage in rural areas, seem to be going it alone. My view of the rural coverage issues is that until and unless there is synergy between all of the disparate programs and funding sources, Rural America will remain mostly underserved. Read the rest of the story here

Below is the week’s news recap from Discovery Patterns:

new LTE handheld device certified by AT&T, is FirstNet-ready4-Traders via Google Alerts
Jul  5 19:06 Motorola Solutions recently announced the availability of the LEX F10, a durable public-safety LTE handheld device that has been certified by AT&T …

FCC Requests Comment on FirstNet Interoperability MatrixMissionCritical
Jul  3 11:38 The FCC is seeking comment on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) proposal for interoperability compliance for states that opt out to build their own radio access networks (RANs). read more

FirstNet Meets With States on Individual Network PlansMeriTalk via Google Alerts
Jun 29 08:45 … with 24 states to discuss the nationwide high-speed data network for first responders that the agency plans deploy over a 25-year contract with AT&T …

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Rules to Govern State Opt-out of FirstNet PlanLexology via Google Alerts
Jun 29 05:50 AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the course of the contract. First responders will have priority and preemption rights of use on the Network.

CenturyLink wants to shed 7 legacy analog, low-speed data services in 24 statesFierceTelecom via Google Alerts
Jul  6 11:40 … and low-speed data services: Metallic, Telegraph, Narrowband, Wideband analog, Wideband Digital, Program Audio and Analog Video services.

Inside Vodacom’s new IoT lab – PhotosMyBroadband
Jul  6 09:40 Vodacom recently opened its Narrowband IoT Laboratory, aimed at commercialising IoT systems using the provider’s NB-IoT network.

Sky and Space Global: Constellations need relief on regulatory filing, insurance costSpace Intel Report via Google Alerts
Jul  6 08:25 PARIS Startup narrowband satellite constellation operator Sky and Space Global Ltd. was publicly traded before its first launch, and concluded its …

Webinar: LMR NarrowbandingUtilities Telecom Council via Google Alerts
Jul  6 08:00 Member Center. Member Center · Job Posting · Contact Us. Webinar: LMR Narrowbanding. July 6, 10:00 am. Webinar: LMR Narrowbanding. Archives.

Ubiquitous Low-Power Networks Up the IoT AnteIT Business Edge via Google Alerts
Jul  5 17:25 The carriers’ plan encompasses LoRa, LTE Cat M1 and narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technologies. These approaches will create a nearly ubiquitous …

The Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market by Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies …Kenya’s Content Aggregator.The Breaking news Headliner via Google Alerts
Jul  5 06:55 China, Laos, Turkey and Kenya. Several early adopter Wireless Communications, Athonet, ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry…

IoT In Africa: SqwidNet Keen to Build Africa’s IoT Network via Google Alerts
Jul  5 05:11 The company is a subsidiary of Dark Fibre Africa and deploying an open access ultra-narrowband IoT (Internet of Things) radio network in South Africa …

Vodafone And Spark NZ Announce IoT Network PlansChannelNews via Google Alerts
Jul  4 23:20 Vodafone said it would add narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) support to its mobile network early in 2018. Spark unveiled plans for both NB-IoT and Cat-M1 on …

AT&T: it’s not “forced arbitration” because no one forced you to have broadbandBoing Boing via Google Alerts
Jul  4 15:25 AT&T, which has successfully lobbied state governments and the FCC to ban any broadband competition in the markets where it operates, says that its …

India added 60 million new internet users in 2016: via Google Alerts
Jul  4 11:20 While the users of broadband services surged in 2015-16, users of narrowband decreased by 40 million and migrated to broadband connection.

Huawei gets Internet recognition from GSMAPunch Newspapers via Google Alerts
Jul  4 09:15 Huawei’s Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) solution has received the ‘Best Internet of Things Innovation for Mobile Networks’ award, issued by the GSM …

Globe Telecom strengthens broadband, mobile connectivity in via Google Alerts
Jul  4 04:35 To improve its mobile services in Cebu, Globe continues to ramp up deployment of LTE sites using the 700 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands.

Everything US Citizens Need to Know about the Broadband Privacy RulesTripWire
Jul  3 13:01 An ongoing source of havoc among American internet users, the new FCC broadband rules are still encountering extreme criticism. The majority of support for the rules comes from congressional officials, who overturned the previously existing broadband rules and thereby gave unjustified favor to internet service providers. The new FCC rules are killing net neutrality, and […]…  Read More The post Everything US Citizens Need to Know about the Broadband Privacy Rules appeared first

TIM Brasil activates 4G on 700 MHz in 7 citiesTelecompaper via Google Alerts
Jul  3 10:11 TIM Brasil activated the 4G network in the 700 MHz band in Recife, Fortaleza, Maceio, Natal, Macapa, Boa Vista and Rio Branco, reports Diario de …