Signed into law by the President on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety data communications. In New York, this is coordinated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
- Northern Mariana Islands ‘opt-in’ decision gives FirstNet clean sweep of states and territories
Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph DeLeon Guerrero Torres announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning all 56 states and territories in the U.S. have made an “opt-in” decision.
- Verizon preemption service ‘available’ to public-safety customers but not necessarily ‘enabled’
Verizon has made preemptive access “available” across its network for public-safety customers and demonstrated that it works during this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade in California, but the preemption functionality is being “enabled” only on a limited basis in other parts of the country, according to a Verizon spokesperson.
- Report on MCPTT over LTE Integration with LMR Networks Released
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a new report detailing the issues and requirements regarding integration and interoperability between LMR systems and Long Term Evolution (LTE) mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) services
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