DOJ updates policy on drone use in investigations, search and rescue

BREAKING NEWS — The United States Government has updated its policy on the use of drones for public-safety agencies, which replaces a 2015 version and discusses the responsible and appropriate use of drone technology. Read the full story below!   (https://www.theepochtimes.com/doj-updates-policy-on-drone-use-in-investigations-search-and-rescue_3159476.html) “The Department of Justice (DOJ) updated its policy on the use of drones for…

BREAKING: AT&T rips T-Mobile’s promise to first responders as ‘a marketing stunt’

BREAKING NEWS — Just days after T-Mobile made big promises to the public safety industry if their Sprint merger closed, AT&T – which operates FirstNet – called the promises of free 5G service for first responders nothing but a marketing stunt. (https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-rips-t-mobile-s-promise-to-first-responders-as-a-marketing-stunt) “Last week, T-Mobile made some announcements that were either a) nice things to…

BREAKING: T-Mobile makes 10-year commitment to free public-safety broadband, if Sprint merger is completed

BREAKING NEWS — T-Mobile is making big commitments to the public safety industry, but only if Sprint merger is completed. According to news stories, if the merger is approved, public safety agencies and their personnel would have access to free, unlimited talk, text and smartphone data at 5G speeds. Read the full story below. (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/11/08/t-mobile-makes-10-year-commitment-to-free-public-safety-broadband-if-sprint-merger-is-completed/)…

Emergency Happy Meal: Boy calls 911 for McDonald’s, police deliver

ARIZONA — One little boy got a little more than he bargained for, after recently calling emergency services using his father’s phone for a Happy Meal. Local police hand delivered the special meal to the child, and included a lesson on how to properly use 911. (https://globalnews.ca/news/6138991/boy-calls-911-mcdonalds-happy-meal/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=AM640&fbclid=IwAR29jr365fq5VpnMZSUTarxAkSmgp-TK91OFjVj8uKBio0MONbUoIjvoXVY) “When 911 operators in Mesa, Ariz., answered a…

BREAKING: CenturyLink, West Safety Comms agree to $575,000 fine over 911 outage

BREAKING NEWS — Two American companies have agreed to pay more than $500,000 in fines due to a 65 minute 911 outage, and FCC violations. Stories are reporting that CenturyLink and West Safety Communications will split the fine, and will both be placed on longterm compliance plans to reduce the risk of additional outages. (https://www.rcrwireless.com/20191105/public-safety/centurylink-west-safety-comms-agree-to-575000-fine-over-911-outage)…

BREAKING: FirstNet adopted by more than 9,800 agencies, supporting almost 900,000 connections, AT&T says

BREAKING NEWS — FirstNet is reporting big numbers this month, as it was announced the nationwide public-safety broadband network is currently supporting close to 900,000 connections. Read the full story below, originally published by Urgent Communications, below. (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/11/05/firstnet-adopted-by-more-than-9800-agencies-supporting-almost-900000-connections-att-says/) “More than 9,800 agencies have subscribed to FirstNet and connected almost 900,000 devices to the nationwide public-safety…