Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020

Last updated Aug 2, 2019  |  by Microsoft Support


Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.    Read more...

NTIA, NHTSA Release Rules for $110M in NG 9-1-1 Grants

August 03, 2018  |  by rrmediagroup


The U.S. departments of Commerce and Transportation announced final rules for a grant program that will offer up to $110 million to help states, territories, tribal organizations and the District of Columbia upgrade their 9-1-1 call centers to next-generation (NG 9-1-1) capabilities.    Read more...

Next Generation 911 for Public Safety Leaders



Next Generation 911 (NG911) provides the ability to share voice and data-rich information that will improve first responders' ability to save lives, ensure responder safety and protect property. A variety of resources are available here to help, EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies explore benefits of the transition to NG911 and illustrate the impact an IP-based 911 system will have on the emergency communications ecosystem.    Read more...

Long-awaited next-generation-911 cost study released

October 5, 2018  |  by Donny Jackson


Upgrading U.S. public-safety answering points to IP-based next-generation 911 (NG911) technology will cost $9.5 billion to $12.7 billion during a 10-year period, according to a much-anticipated cost study released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).    Read more...

Dick Mirgon talks about NG911 funding legislation, new website focused on Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs)

September 6, 2019  |  by Donny Jackson


Dick Mirgon, a public-safety-communications consultant and former APCO president, talks about the need for public-safety unity to transform next-generation 911 (NG911) legislation into a law with billions of dollars in capital funding to upgrade 911 centers–or Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs)–nationwide. Mirgon also discusses his “All Things ECC” website that launched last month.    Go to Audio...

APCO officials stress need for NG911 interoperability

September 4, 2019  |  by Donny Jackson


Next-generation 911 (NG911) systems should let 911 centers handle all forms of multimedia—voice, text, data, photos and video—and interoperate with other NG911 systems, but public-safety jurisdictions have to specify these characteristics in their procurements or risk facing disappointment and extra costs, according to APCO officials.    Read more...

Axon Body-Worn Camera Certified on FirstNet, Verizon Networks

September 9, 2019  |  by rrmediagroup


Axon’s Body 3 body-worn camera passed carrier certification requirements to operate on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and Verizon networks. Axon Body 3 is a Long Term Evolution (LTE)-connected camera built for law enforcement to improve officer safety. The camera received the FirstNet Ready carrier certification from AT&T.   Read more...

Narrow banding license has passed on January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013
The FCC Enforcement Bureau released an Advisory to emphasize that it "is committed to aggressively enforcing the narrow banding transition deadline." It also reiterated that penalties for violators can include loss of license and fines of up to $16,000 for each violation or day, up to $112,500 for any single failure to act.

January 17, 2013
FCC officials indicated that a further public notice would be released at some point, possibly during the first quarter of this year, and that the FCC will conduct some sort of audit of spectrum licenses affected by narrow banding.


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