Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, July 26 2018

FirstNet NOT Operational?  According to an article in Radio Resources’ MissionCritical Communications, a court case brought by two Vermonters question why the government has failed to inform the court that FirstNet was operational as it stated it would in a previous agreement. Government lawyers in U.S. District Court argue that even though the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is in place and operational, that is only one-half of the equation, the other half being the build-out of the Radio Access Network (RAN), which the federal attorneys are claiming to mean Band 14 spectrum only.

It might come as a surprise to the approximately 1,500 agencies that are up and running on FirstNet that federal lawyers assert that the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) won’t be deemed complete until Band 14 is built. If these two had only taken the time to understand wireless broadband or talk to those who do, they might have discovered that there is no wireless broadband network in the world that the service provider would tell you is “finished.” Networks are never finished. Today, all of the network operators are adding more wide-area and in-building coverage and are starting to roll out 5G small cells.

The idea that the federal government can declare the network fully operational only when Band 14 is built out does not consider the fact that today’s FirstNet is not only about Band 14 spectrum. In its RFP response, AT&T offered up and placed in service all its LTE spectrum and has stated over and over that 5G will be added to the mix as it is deployed. The criteria should not be based on Band 14, it should be about how and where the network is operational. There are still areas where FirstNet (Built by AT&T) is having to build out more sites, and areas where it makes sense to use Band 14, but there are other areas where it is possible that Band 14 will not be needed because the AT&T LTE spectrum is sufficient for use by both public safety and AT&T paying customers.  Read the Entire Post Here

Here are the articles I have selected with the help of Discovery Patterns artificial intelligence

AT&T Deploys Band 14 Spectrum in FirstNet Build

Via Satellite Jul 23 18:25

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AT&T is deploying public safety’s Band 14 spectrum as part of its FirstNet build. The build out will be validated by the First Responder Network …

Government Lawyers Say FirstNet Network is Still Not Operational

RadioResource Media Group Jul 21 15:40

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Government Lawyers Say FirstNet Network is Still Not Operational …

How pdvWireless hopes to shape the US private LTE space

RCR Wireless News Jul 24 03:10

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spectrum at 900 MHz that currently supports narrowband uses for private networks such as utilities, municipal transportation, railroads, airlines and …

AT&T : FirstNet Increases Network Coverage as Band 14 is Added to 2500 Sites

4 Traders Jul 23 14:25

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AT&T* has been actively deploying public safety’s Band 14 spectrum as part of our FirstNet build. The buildout will be validated by the First Responder …

AT&T bringing mobile 5G technology to Oklahoma City

kfor.com Jul 21 16:05

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It’s why we’re building America’s first mobile 5G network as well as FirstNet, the country’s nationwide public safety broadband platform dedicated to …

Houston Tests Devices and Apps Using FirstNet Spectrum

Government Technology Jul 21 14:10

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When the spotlight is on for a major national event like the Super Bowl, the opportunities to demonstrate cutting-edge public safety communications …

AT&T To Roll-Out 5G Network In Three More Cities

Nasdaq Jul 20 18:45

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It’s why we’re building America’s first mobile 5G network as well as FirstNet, the country’s nationwide public safety broadband platform dedicated to …

Broadband group seeks airwaves in 700 Mhz, 850 Mhz bands for 5G coverage

ETTelecom.com Jul 19 20:20

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Broadband group seeks airwaves in 700 Mhz, 850 Mhz bands for 5G …

Signal Mountain PD installs “FirstNet” technology for strong service in rural towns

WTVC Jul 19 17:55

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First Net is a nationwide network that strengthens communication in rural …

House Communications And Technology Subcommittee Schedules FCC Oversight Hearing For …

All Access Music Group Jul 19 16:30

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The FCC has been a solid partner in working towards our shared goals to increase broadband internet access, ensure reliable public safety …

New York State Threatens To Revoke Charter’s Cable Franchise For Bullshitting

Techdirt Corporate Intelligence Jul 25 15:02

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New York State and the nation’s second biggest cable provider (Charter Spectrum) aren’t getting along particularly well. Early last year, Charter Spectrum was sued by New York State for selling broadband speeds the company knew it couldn’t deliver. According to the original complaint (pdf), Charter routinely misled consumers, refused to seriously upgrade its networks, and manipulated a system the FCC used to determine whether the company was delivering advertised broadband speeds to the company’

T-Mobile Launches US NB-IoT Network

Wireless Week Jul 24 03:10

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T-Mobile last week became the first operator to launch a narrowband Internet of Things network in the U.S., company officials said. The carrier also …

SAS to work to bring nano-satellite communications to the Caribbean

Automation.com Jul 24 03:10

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The demonstration of the narrowband network’s capabilities on July 12 took place at the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) …

DISH Network Terrestrial Spectrum Licenses At Risk

Forbes Jul 21 19:20

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DISH told the FCC it plans to build a narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) network in these three spectrum bands for now and start upgrading it to a 5G …