FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. FirstNet is governed by a 15-member Board consisting of the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and 12 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The FirstNet Board is composed of representatives from public safety; local, state and federal government; and the wireless industry. These dedicated individuals bring their expertise, experience and commitment to serving public safety and meeting the FirstNet mission…
Fierce Wireless Tech reports:
Setting out to meet an ambitious timeline, first responders in three regions of New Jersey are expected later this year to use a new dedicated public-safety LTE network composed entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), IWCE’s Urgent Communications reports.
PMC Associates, a New Jersey-based company specializing in mission-critical radio solutions for first responders, is teaming up with Oceus Networks and Fujitsu Network Communications to build the proof-of-concept network, known as JerseyNet.
PMC Associates is providing integration and support services, while Oceus Networks is supplying the LTE core and the radio access network (RAN). Fujitsu is designing, equipping and managing the wireless and wireline backhaul portions of the network.
Bryan Casciano, vice president of sales for PMC Associates, told IWCE’s Urgent Communications that JerseyNet is designed to include more than 30 cells on wheels (COWs) and six systems on wheels (SOWs) that can be deployed in various locations via SUVs, vans or trailers.
Under the terms of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding, the JerseyNet deployment must be completed by September, a requirement that is expected to be met under the current schedule. “We want to have all of this installed by June,” Casciano told the publication….
See these and other comments from various posters over at Radio Reference:
… The “death of scanning…” Not necessarily. If this comes to fruition as a voice transmission mode, scanning can evolve into listening to traffic that is deliberately streamed. Why couldn’t an agency who values public interaction do so on a controlled basis? There are side benefits to them, as well.
You really think agencies want to be streamed? Ha ha. That’s a good one. LTE on some race to waste bloated network run by the telecom cartels benefits… wait for it… the telecom cartels and the vendors.
Even if agencies begin streaming, you can rest assured the content will be filtered and “fit for public consumption” which means watered down and white washed. So yeah, scanning is over as we all once knew it. But then it isn’t 1979. Betty Bearcat called and wants her BC-250 back.
… At the end of the day, we’re seeing evolution and what’s sure to be growing pains. Cutting edge, for sure.
An evolution of the telecom cartels taking over the last bastion of truly independent communications network and radio spectrum. That is their plan all along: own every MHz of RF from DC to daylight and charge every man, woman and child per second to use it.