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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN? How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested? Posted on Aug 30

Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN?  How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested?

  No one is required to use the network. FirstNet’s goal is to make the network cost-competitive with commercial networks and to add many public safety features that are not generally available on commercial networks. That said, if a chief of a department is happy   …Continue Reading Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN? How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested?

How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks? Posted on Aug 9

How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks?

  In many instances, the NPSBN will be very similar to existing wireless data networks, like the ones used by hundreds of millions of smartphone users each day. A key differentiator will be what FirstNet refers to as Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (or   …Continue Reading How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks?