Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, November 11, 2018

Critical LTE Communications Forum and More.  This week’s Advocate is late since I attended and took part in the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Critical LTE Communications Forum. There were about 200 folks in attendance, all with a keen interest in broadband communications for public safety. The sessions were great for the most part but there were occasional topics where some speakers presented information or ideas that were simply wrong or conveyed advances as coming much faster than they actually will.

For some reason, neither FirstNet (Built by AT&T) nor the FirstNet Authority had any sponsorship or participation. However, there were FirstNet folks in the audience. This lack of FirstNet visibility allowed the first keynote by Verizon to contain comments that could have and should have been countered by FirstNet. These issues included sharing networks, how soon Verizon’s Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk (PTT) would come to its network, and then a plea for states to include a statement in their policy that would make it mandatory for full network interoperability.

Verizon’s take on Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk was that it would roll it out in 2019. Then, in the same sentence, stated this would soon be followed by off-network LTE or Proximity Services (ProSe). Neither of these statements is based on actual fact and later in the day during the PTT panel (see below), I finally heard that the first iteration of Mission-Critical PTT was nothing more than a first-generation product and it would be years before all the kinks had been worked out.
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Fiber forward: FCC awards waiver for county broadband project

The Daily Progress Nov 11 12:55

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Orange County’s rural geography, limited internet service providers and …

Telit and Comsel deploy NB-IoT solution for utility meters

eeNews Embedded Nov 10 02:15

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Telit has announced that Comsel System has successfully deployed its ME910C1-E1 narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module for smart metering applications …

Veterans Should Get More Help, Not Less, from the FCC’s Lifeline Program

Business Wire Nov  9 16:20

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#FCC</a>–The Lifeline program making cellphones and broadband service available to an estimated 1.3 million low-income U.S. veterans is a vital service, but one that needs to be expanded to help more vets, according to a filing made at the Federal Communications Commission by Constance A. Burns, president and CEO, National Association of American Veterans (NAAV). The filing with the FCC comes as the Commission is considering changes ” including a restrictive budget cap, high

First responders test new technology for if-and-when a hurricane or flooding hit our area

41 NBC News Nov  8 12:40

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In times of natural disasters, it’s imperative first responders act in a timely and safe manner. For not only those that need rescuing, but for themselves, …

FCC Faces New Pressure to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth Nov  6 11:30

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FCC Faces New Pressure to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth …

Tv White Space Spectrum Market: Top 20 Countries data, Top Manufactures Analysis, Size, Share …

Chronicle India Nov 10 22:40

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Rural Internet Access (Rural Broadband), Urban Connectivity, Emergency and Public Safety, Smart Grid Networks, Transportation and Logistics, …

mccaw rcc communications, inc. and metrocall, inc. seek fcc consent for transfer of control and at&t …

Federal Communications Commission Nov 10 08:30

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Low rural broadband take-up rate alarms Government

Irish Times Nov  9 16:15

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The Government’s National Broadband Plan was originally due to cost the State about 500 million. However, The Irish Times reported last week that …

Iot Market Poised to Expand at 21.5% CAGR During 2017

The Hilltop Monitor Nov  8 22:10

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The Narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) chipset Market report begins with a basic overview of the industry lifecycle, definitions, classifications, …

DISH selects Ericsson to deliver radio access and core network for NB-IoT

Nov  8 18:42

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In order to deliver radio access and core network for DISH’s Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network slated for completion in March 2020, the …

CAGW Submits Comments to NTIA on Consumer Privacy

Business Wire Nov  8 16:16

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citizens Against Government Waste submitted recommendations to the Department of Commerce on ways to advance consumer privacy.

Data optimisation for cellular IoT: Part 1

VanillaPlus Nov  8 07:50

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It is defined as a new LTE category M1. This was followed by NB-IoT (for Narrow Band IoT), also called LTE-Cat-NB1 which is also defined as a new …

Global Narrowband Land Mobile Radio Market 2018-2025 Major Growth By Key Players: Midland …

Plains Ledger Nov  7 20:20

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The Narrowband Land Mobile Radio Market research report offers a comprehensive analysis of the global Narrowband Land Mobile Radio market.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Appoints GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield to the BDAC Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group

Business Wire Nov  6 16:15

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CAMARILLO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The panel is tasked with developing best practices to improve broadband outage response caused by local, state, and national disasters.

Sierra Wireless Announces Industry’s First FCC Certified Embedded Module for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Networks

Business Wire Nov  6 16:15

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sierra Wireless AirPrime® EM7565 LTE-Advanced Pro Embedded Module can now be deployed in IoT devices on private or public CBRS networks in the U.S.

San Jose Police, Fire Departments Provide Update on Moving to Regional Radio Network

RadioResource Media Group Nov  6 15:40

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The SVRCS will replace existing public-safety radio systems in Santa Clara County with a system that uses 700/800 MHz spectrum. The new system …

DRDC Completes Successful Public Safety Broadband Trial

The Critical Communications Review Nov  6 13:50

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Having immediate access to a dedicated mission-critical broadband communications network is one of the biggest game changers in public safety, …