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Alan Tilles discusses land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems at IWCE’s Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago

November 29, 2016

Alan Tilles, chair of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice at Shulman Rogers and panelist at the November 2016 IWCE Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago, was quoted from the recent Forum in the Urgent Communications article, “LMR will have role for the foreseeable future, should be integrated with broadband, panelists say.”

But such news about broadband tests and successful deployments of push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) by non-mission-critical enterprises has caused many elected government officials to question whether making long-term LMR investments is fiscally wise, according to Alan Tilles, a partner in the law firm of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker.

Much of this hesitation is attributable to the planned deployment of FirstNet. However, the fact that FirstNet “is, with all due respect, vaporware—it’s not built, it’s not ready, it’s not operating” makes the decisions particularly difficult, Tilles said. As a result, LMR sales are declining, even though many entities need to refresh their systems, he said.

“The problem that we’re having locally with a number of municipalities that have older radio systems is that the county or city board or council … have been told about all of these neat things that are happening in broadband and go, ‘Oh, we don’t need a new land-mobile-radio system,’ and putting these things on hold,” Tilles said.

Read the full Urgent Communications article here