Broadband & Spectrum

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New NIST document envisions broadband public safety network over next 20 years

Location-based services – which gathers information on a user that could be based on global-positioning system signals – is the first focus area of a planned series on relevant technologies.

Business model becomes a focus at first-ever FirstNet industry day

As a next step in developing a nationwide public safety broadband network, more than 425 people from federal, state and local jurisdictions plus associations and vendors mingled May 14 in person or via webcast.

NTIA chief: Spectrum sharing key to 'explosive demand' for wireless airwaves

Lawrence Strickling recently told an audicence at the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies that recent studies support the need for spectrum sharing.

Wireless industry urges feds to release more spectrum to sate consumer needs, drive growth

The study said U.S. consumers and businesses spent $172 billion on wireless service in 2013. In turn, the wireless industry's employees, its suppliers and their employees generated more than $400 billion in total U.S. spending.

FirstNet Board issues draft RFP for nationwide public safety broadband network

The First Responder Network Authority Board approved a draft request for proposals with the expectation that it will collect enough feedback to issue a final one by year's end.

Infrastructure changes essential to supporting wireless growth, FCC commissioner says

To support the growing number of wireless devices and networks they use, changes to spectrum infrastructure are necessary, said Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly.

UPDATED- FirstNet needs to fully assess risks, address costs and develop ethical standards, GAO says

The report said that the entity, known as FirstNet, has taken several steps to establish its organizational structure, planning the communications network and consulting with stakeholders, but could face challenges in these areas.

NIST issues identity management considerations for FirstNet

As work moves forward on a nationwide public safety broadband network, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released guidelines for addressing identity management across the new system. 

Cybersecurity emerging as concern for 911 call centers as they become connected to Internet

As 911 call centers transition to next-generation systems that are connected to the Internet, concerns about cybersecurity among emergency professionals and first responders will grow, a Washington state government technology official recently said during a podcast interview.

Broadcasters to FCC: TV white spaces database design flaws put licensed users at risk

The database's purpose is to identify channels that TV stations and others are using so that unlicensed TV band devices don't cause interference.