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Innovative Research Helps Emergency Responders Better Communicate While Indoors
July 31, 2015

Diagram of signal strength along a walk route

These diagrams illustrate the results of measurements of signal strength along one walk route. On the left are the results of when signals are being transmitted only by the cell tower located two km from the test site. On the right are the results of when transmissions are supplemented by in-building systems. The benefits of supplemental cells are easily seen by comparing the colors between the left and right diagrams with red showing poor coverage and blue showing good coverage.

 

Nearly everyone is familiar with the need to step outside a building to complete a wireless call. Modern building materials, such as aluminum, steel and even specially-coated window glass, significantly reduce or even block wireless signals

While it might be inconvenient for your average mobile device user, it could become a matter of life or death for an emergency first responder. Police officers and firefighters cannot stop what they are doing to leave a building in order to communicate during a time of crisis.

As part of its mission to improve communications for public safety, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent entity within the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),identified improved in-building communications as a critical need for first responders and a required component of the nationwide public safety broadband network it’s been tasked with deploying.

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USTelecom Files Arguments in Open Internet Case
07.30.2015

Today, USTelecom and other entities jointly submitted arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to impose public utility regulation on the Internet.

Background: Today, USTelecom and other entities jointly submitted arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to impose public utility regulation on the Internet.

The following statement is from USTelecom President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr:

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