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Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

Tags: FirstNet , Shulman Rogers , broadband , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Commerce Department

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT

Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

Tags: WMATA , Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy and Ecker , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , emergency response

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:57am EST

FCC spectrum sale to help fund payroll tax extension

When Congress last week passed a year-long extension to the payroll tax break, it found several ways to pay for it. One way is for the Federal Communications Commission to sell a section of unused broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband and public safety applications.

Tags: FCC , budget , public safety network , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 11:42am EST