Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Subject; Emergency Plans for When Cell Phone Networks Go Down
We hear people talking about the gooberment being able to shut down cell phone
communications in any area or the whole country for that matter, during some kind of
emergency, of course. That would be a problem for certain operators since then they
would not be able to communicate either, so hoorraayy, taxpayer to the rescue.
Now, a new, separate network is being built, quickly, for the operators of these
systems, who would that be?
Notice in the copied text that the mobile towers and fixed towers can not be built
close to fire stations etc. since they produce a health risk.
……snip……New cell phone system is being built just for first responder use
that includes portable cell phone towers. First one will be ready by June in
January 25, 2015 | By Monica Alleven
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) formally launched the federal
consultation process with a kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, with
more than a dozen federal departments and agencies in attendance.
The organization is mandated to consult with federal, state, tribal and local public
safety entities on the development of the nation’s first nationwide public safety
broadband network (NPSBN). FirstNet has held consultation meetings in 11 states and
territories so far, with more scheduled for 2015.
January 19, 2015 | By Monica AllevenSetting 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
team outlines features of all-deployable public-safety LTE network for state of New
“We want to have all of this installed by June,” Casciano said during an interview
with IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
First responders in three regions of New Jersey later this year are expected to
utilize a new dedicated public-safety LTE network comprised entirely of deployable
infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet, according
to officials for the vendors building the network.Known as JerseyNet, the
proof-of-concept network is a project being built by the state of New Jersey with
federal grant funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
Last year, the FirstNet board approved a spectrum-lease agreement with the state to
proceed with the project.As with other early builders of public-safety LTE networks
that have spectrum arrangements with FirstNet, New Jersey was asked to design its
system in a manner that would provide valuable lessons learned for FirstNet
official, who are contemplating how to design a nationwide broadband network for
first responders.In the case of New Jersey, the focus is on the capabilities and
usage of deployable infrastructure. 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, according to Bryan Casciano, vice
president of sales for PMC Associates, which is the contracted integrator for the
Nationwide, FirstNet’s team has been conducting regional and state meetings, which
it calls consultations, with local authorities. The formal consultation process
started in Maryland in July 2014, and by the end of last year FirstNet had conducted
formal consultations in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Puerto Rico, Utah,
Iowa and Florida as well.
This is in LA,:…..snip….”Urgent Communications reports that the new LTE proposal
represents a considerable change to the 177-site design that was being built. When
the project was contracted to Motorola Solutions last March, the LTE network was
expected to have 231 sites, but that total dropped as various jurisdictions refused
to approve sites for the LTE system.The new plan does not include LTE towers near
fire stations, according to the publication, after local firefighter-union
representatives raised concerns about RF emissions’ health effects.”….snip
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