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NTIA toolkit to help communities develop, implement broadband roadmaps

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has created a toolkit providing technical assistance for states, cities and other communities trying to launch or expand broadband access.

DARPA thinks spectrum allocation challenges can be addressed through machine learning

Last week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced its latest "grand challenge," which asks teams to develop smart systems that leverage machine learning to optimize available wireless spectrum.

Spotlight: FirstNet turns to Tumblr to talk public safety broadband

FirstNet is the latest government organization to join social media blogging platform Tumblr, and it's doing so to spread stories of success in its mission to provide a broadband network to all first responders in the U.S.

FirstNet moves forward with strategic roadmap

The next phase of the First Responder Network Authority's Strategic Roadmap includes milestones about initial deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

GAO: National Capital Region suffering from interoperable emergency communications

In the nation's capital and surrounding cities, it's imperative that emergency communications be seamless among departments and agencies. A new report found that this is not the case, however.

DOT to test the impact of adjacent band power levels on GPS applications

Beginning next month, the Transportation Department will test what adjacent radio frequency band power levels that can be tolerated by GPS and global navigation satellite system, or GNSS, receivers. 

Spotlight: Spectrum sharing bill advances

The MOBILE NOW Act (S.2555) received favorable reports out of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee March 3, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 

DHS predicts uptick in cyber targeting of emergency services

As emergency services sector communications and networked systems evolve, a wider array of attack vectors are available for cyber targeting, said the Homeland Security Department's office of intelligence and analysis.

FirstNet responds to RFP inquiries, extends RFP deadline

The First Responder Network Authority last week issued its first round of responses to the more than 400 questions its received thus far on the request for proposal for a nationwide, interoperable LTE network for the public safety community. 

Spectrum sharing already widespread, continued focus needed, says NTIA

The traditional methods of spectrum reallocation won't be able to meet the demand for this finite resource, said a senior National Telecommunications and Information Administration official.