Police and Fire Networks Hit U.S. Roadblock

Mississippi spent millions of dollars on equipment to help police and fire departments send video and other data to each other. But now the state can’t turn its wireless network on.

Federal officials recently pulled the plug because of concerns the Mississippi system and others like it won’t be compatible with a national public safety network called FirstNet, which was authorized by Congress in February but is not scheduled to roll out for several years.

Mississippi’s case is an early example of the skirmishes likely during the years-long implementation of FirstNet, an idea that has been discussed since the 9/11 …

WSJ
8/1/12
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