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FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

When FirstNet was first announced, it offered much promise but there were also many questions about whether and how it would reach rural America.  As NTCA members know all too well, it’s a unique challenge to make the business case for infrastructure investment and ongoing network operations in areas where population densities may be only few people per square mile (or even less). The efforts to get FirstNet up and running tried to tackle a few of these questions, at…

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FirstNet Update and Call for Action

FirstNet Update and Call for Action

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced March 30, 2017, that it had reached an agreement with AT&T to build, operate, and maintain the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). That announcement was huge and finally unleashed the opportunity for carriers to act to ensure that their assets and interests were at the table.  AT&T is off and running. The project is moving quickly; as AT&T begins deploying the network this fall, it is important to ensure rural telecom providers seek…

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The Importance of Public Safety, for All Americans

The Importance of Public Safety, for All Americans

I took a road trip this week, of sorts, out to Reston, Virginia to meet with TJ Kennedy, long time leader of the relatively newly established FirstNet . TJ has had quite a ride having been with FirstNet nearly from the start and being a key player in putting all of the many pieces together that are required for creating a nationwide public safety network and culminating with the recent announcement that AT&T has won the contract to begin building…

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