Michigan joins public safety broadband network

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a federal initiative to implement a nationwide, interoperable network dedicated to public safety is primed to go into operation in the next several years. FirstNet is based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology that is encrypted OTA. Initially, FirstNet will provide data, video and cellular voice. However, LTE standards are being upgraded to support mission-critical PTT (MCPTT), as it’s called in the LTE world. Technical issues need to be ironed out before MCPTT is considered ready for prime time. Although FirstNet probably won’t be ready to provide MCPTT services for years, at some point MCPTT over FirstNet could become a viable option for first responders. If and when these issues are solved, the biggest selling point of FirstNet could well be the interoperable, secure, encrypted voice communications it could provide through MCPTT.

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