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UPDATED: Mutiny at FirstNet as board member alleges improprieties

UPDATED: Mutiny at FirstNet as board member alleges improprieties | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it
Verizon Wireless executive Bill D'Agostino Jr.
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FirstNet announces D’Agostino as general manager | Public Safety content from Urgent Communications

FirstNet announces D’Agostino as general manager | Public Safety content from Urgent Communications | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it
Former Verizon Wireless executive has more than three decades of telecommunications experience, and an "enormous amount of passion" for public safety.
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FirstNet Discusses GD Broadband Supported Adams County LTE Network Part 2/2

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) held its second public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11th. The agenda laid the groundwork for a pending decision ...
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FirstNet’s Swenson: Public-safety BTOP projects may get answers next month | Urgent Communications

FirstNet’s Swenson: Public-safety BTOP projects may get answers next month | Urgent Communications | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it

 

FirstNet next month hopes to conclude its spectrum-lease negotiations with the seven entities that were awarded Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants to deploy public-safety LTE projects, said a key board member yesterday at the Competitive Carrier Association (CCA) Expo.

 

Sue Swenson, the FirstNet board member who is leading the negotiations with the BTOP entities, said the negotiations are going “quite well” and that she believes the completion goal—90 days from the FirstNet board’s meeting in February—is realistic.

 

“I’m pretty optimistic that we can conclude these negotiations in the 90-day period that we set out,” Swenson said.

 

Representatives of the seven BTOP entities and FirstNet are working on agreements that not only would allow the entities to proceed with their existing plans, but also would provide the FirstNet board with key insights that will help them formulate a more effective nationwide deployment plan, Swenson said.

 

“Deploying an LTE network … is not anything new and exciting,” she said. “What we want to learn is things like intercarrier interoperability; what we want to learn is in-building coverage issues; what we want to learn is use of excess spectrum—things that are going to be advantageous to the states, things that are advantageous to public safety, things that are advantageous to FirstNet.”

 

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FirstNet Summit - Sue Swenson keynote from the 2013 CCA Global Expo

Sue Swenson, Telecommunications/Technology Executive, Member FirstNet Board of Directors, opened today's FirstNet Summit broadcast from the 2013 Competitive ...
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After Boston Marathon Outages, a 'Wireless Fiber' Alternative Is Coming

After Boston Marathon Outages, a 'Wireless Fiber' Alternative Is Coming | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it
Can laser technology increase wireless broadband speeds? AOptix says it can provide extra "backhaul" capacity
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How Could FirstNet Have Helped in the Boston Marathon Bombing?

How Could FirstNet Have Helped in the Boston Marathon Bombing? | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it
In its April 23 meeting, the FirstNet board considers how its future network may have helped in a situation like the Boston Marathon bombing.
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FirstNet discusses GD Broadband supported Adams County LTE Network Part 1/2

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) held its second public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11th. The agenda laid the groundwork for a pending decision ...
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AT&T, Knology will face Wicked Broadband's 1 Gig service in Lawrence, KS | Fierce Telecom

AT&T, Knology will face Wicked Broadband's 1 Gig service in Lawrence, KS | Fierce Telecom | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it

AT&T and Knology are now going to face a new competitor in Lawrence, Kan., from Wicked Broadband, the latest service provider to follow the spirit of Google Fiber with its own 1 Gbps fiber to the home service.

 

Like Google Fiber in Kansas City, Wicked Broadband will hold a content to see which Lawrence neighborhood will be the first to get the FTTH service installed.

 

Joshua Montgomery, Wicked Broadband's co-owner, said in a Lawrence Journal World article that "the neighborhood with the highest percentage of homes preregistering and paying the $10 registration fee will be chosen as the test neighborhood."

 

He added that they plan to announce the winner on June 16, with installation set to be begin later this year.

 

Similar to Google Fiber and Chattanooga, Tenn.-based EPB Fiber, Wicked is offering competitive pricing for its service. It plans to offer three speed tiers: 1 Gbps for $99.98 per month; 100 mbps service for $69.98 per month and 20 mbps service for $49.98 per month.

 

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As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby

As Internet gets faster, Hong Kong & South Korea lead the broadband speed derby | Public Safety Communications | Scoop.it
The broadband speeds across the planet are going up, even as more and more people are connecting to the Internet from their mobile devices, according to Akamai State of the Internet Report.
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2013 FirstNet Summit - What Can Commercial Carriers Offer FirstNet?

The tables are turned to showcase commercial carriers and how their existing and planned operations and partnerships can benefit a successful deployment of t...
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