Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, July 19, 2018

FirstNet Potpourri

The first item of interest for FirstNet and its rural customers should be the progress on H.R. 3994. If passed by Congress and signed into law, this bill will provide a new government oversight organization that will hopefully establish a pool of all existing grants and low-cost broadband loans being offered by government agencies including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA, Broadband USA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others. A few weeks ago I indicated that FirstNet should be an active participant in this new agency or whatever they decide to call it. I suggested that this agency should be structured like the FirstNet Authority, which is an Independent entity with its own board of directors and can work on public/private partnerships. This has worked well for FirstNet and has enabled it to move forward somewhat faster than a typical government entity.

Further, I think this organization should only hire people experienced in broadband deployments (fiber, microwave, and various forms of wireless) and who understand the economics of engineering and building out successful broadband systems. They should also understand that a grant to simply build a network without any follow-on to keep it running (maintenance, insurance, leases, power, etc.) is a waste of time. While AT&T is required to build out FirstNet in rural areas, it is also charged with maintaining, upgrading, and even expanding it over the course of the next 25 years.

H.R. 3994 was moved out of the sub-committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to the full committee on June 13, 2018. On July 12, 2018, which is lightening fast for committee action, it was ordered by a voice vote of the full committee to be reported. This means it will now go the entire House for a vote. If it is passed and sent to the Senate, it too, will hopefully pass the bill in record time. Then instead of having various agencies with their different grants, deadlines, and guidelines, and some agencies favoring fiber-only solutions while some understand the last mile is best served by wireless, everyone will be under one roof run by people who live and breathe broadband. The organization will understand that the FirstNet requirement for rural broadband build-out provides many opportunities for additional broadband sites and services to be coordinated, combined, or built to interface with FirstNet (Built by AT&T).

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Colorado’s FirstNet office challenges AT&T’s take on interoperability

StateScoop Jul 18 12:15

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John Hickenlooper is now standing in its way, and AT&T, the network’s operator, says it’s already doing exactly what Congress and the public safety …

Intrepid Networks’ situational-awareness application earns FirstNet certification

Urgent Communications Jul 17 23:15

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Assured Wireless Joins the Public Safety Network’s Technology Accelerator Program

SYS-CON Media Jul 17 14:10

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Embedded Module Approved by AT&T for the FirstNet Network is Here

eBOM Jul 16 16:30

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Now with today’s announcement that the EM7511 LTE-Advanced Pro module is approved by AT&T and available for the FirstNet network, developers …

FCC chairman Pai reveals his plan to auction three bands of millimeter-wave spectrum in 2019

Phone Arena Jul 13 16:20

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One of the game-changers for 5G is that new technologies have made it possible to use millimeter-wave spectrum for mobile broadband. With so …

First House Republican Backs Effort To Restore Net Neutrality

Techdirt Corporate Intelligence Jul 18 08:14

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While the best chance of reversing the FCC’s attack on net neutrality still likely rests with the courts , an uphill effort to restore the FCC’s 2015 rules via Congress appears to have taken a small step forward this week. The Congressional Review Act lets Congress reverse a regulatory action with a simply majority vote in the Senate and the House (which is how the GOP successfully killed FCC consumer broadband privacy protections last year)….

Narrowband technology is the gateway to tomorrow’s smart home

Propmodo Jul 18 06:10

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Smart neighborhoods use less power and are more energy efficient. With the home constructed as an effective smart device, lights and air temperature …

Smart Cities – Vodafone Narrowband-IoT Jul 17 23:05

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Vodafone Germany: Smart Cities – Vodafone Narrowband-IoT. Tweet. Watch later. Share. Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. If playback doesn’t begin …

Colorado Backtracks on FCC Filing Requesting FirstNet Interoperability Guidelines

RadioResource Media Group Jul 17 16:05

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“This is without any feedback to the Colorado Public Safety Broadband …

Smart (Connected) Street Lights Market 2018-2023 Global Top Key Players by General Electric …

openPR Jul 17 12:20

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SITAONAIR moves IoT into perishable, sensitive freight with cargo airlines

Runway Girl Network Jul 17 12:20

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That amount of data by itself does not push customers to install or upgrade their existing narrowband inflight connectivity systems. And Benain readily …

Big Telecom Lobby Says There’s Too Much Broadband Competition, Pushes FCC to Harm Smaller …

Motherboard Jul 17 09:25

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Mission-Critical Broadband – The Commercial Mobile Network Operator’s Vital Role

Light Reading Jul 17 06:30

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5G and Broadband Infrastructure in the Spotlight at August FCC Meeting

CommLaw Monitor Jul 16 21:00

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The FCC will focus on 5G spectrum and the infrastructure supporting next-generation broadband services at its meeting planned for August 2, 2018.

SoftBank certifies MediaTek NarrowBand IoT for Japan Jul 16 16:05

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MediaTek has completed validation (interoperability tests) of NarrowBand IoT connectivity (NB-IoT) with SoftBank to set the stage for future commercial …