FirstNet is a $7 billion Federal funding initiative to allow first responders the ability to maintain critical communications, no matter the location in the U.S. These modern broadband tools revolve around the newly created "Band 14" network all will connect with. Its primary design is to be reliable, functional, safe and secure and provide optimal levels of operational capability at all times. Now for the first time in history, public safety communications will be standardized and eliminate interoperability obstructions between all agencies. FirstNet will lower costs and drive consumer-driven economies of scale with a rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities, all of which is rolling out in 2017.
FirstNet Innovations Testing Lab Video
FirstNet Band 14 represents highly efficient frequency slices in the 700 MHz band used by cellular companies. These highly prized frequencies provide excellent long-range rural and urban coverage with good penetration through buildings. Band 14 will be an excellent frequency standardization for migrating public agencies toward.
The FirstNet grant program provides financial assistance to eligible public safety entities in relocating their radios and systems to Band 14 in advance of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) development and deployment. There are 15 public safety spectrum licensees operating narrowband systems on the FirstNet-licensed Band 14 spectrum under previously issued FCC authorizations.
Satellite & FirstNet
In remote or rural locations where Band 14 radio towers are not viable, satellite systems will be deployed for last-mile FirstNet connection. Ground Control has been a leader for hundreds of Public Safety organizations in the United States since 2002 and we have been evolving our technology to provide broadband communication tailored to these needs. With FirstNet, we will offer cost-effective mobile broadband satellite solutions that extend the FirstNet network in remote locations where permanent towers are cost prohibitive. Below are some of our solutions.
Flyaway Toughsat - A Case-Based Mobile VSAT Prices Starting at $19,744 The Flyaway Toughsat case is a full size portable satellite system that is easily setup and operated by one person and transported from the back of an SUV. The Flyaway Toughsat Includes a 100' foot Wi-Fi access point for any in-range devices. It may also be mounted on a vehicle roof rack for full operation.
Link to Flyaway Toughsat
T-100 Multi-Purpose Communications Trailer Prices Starting at $27,998
Our multi-purpose Toughsat T-100 VSAT communications trailer will place a half-mile radius Wi-Fi Internet access point at any location with Internet speeds of 20Mbps down x 2Mbps up. Provides continuous power with onboard generator. This lightweight trailer is quite easy to operate and can be transported by any vehicle/truck with a 2" (or other) tow ball.
Link to T-100 Communications Trailer
Phone Service Over Satellite $89.95 /mo for 1000 minutes (with Guaranteed CIR dedicated service)
Ground Control's VoIP phones and phone service can instantly place 1 to 10 phones in the field when using our VSAT satellite service. Plug-and-play simplicity and reduced cost VoIP guaranteed phone service for public safety organizations. These phones perform like the phone on any desk complete with voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding, etc. Link to Emergency Phone Service
Red Phone - Critical Voice Communication Free to Public Safety Organizations Includes Phone - Unlimited Calling - $0 per minute costs
Off-The-Grid Communications via Satellite
Stay connected with any other Red Phone during the most severe outages. Red Phones give your agency a critical voice connection no matter where they are located in North America using our satellite technology. The Red Phone directory includes other public agencies that are now just a voice call away during any disaster. Please
ask about promotional discounts. Link to Red Phone Service
All plans listed are high-performance with dynamic contention. Reliable speed is what we are all about.
* 20 Mbps x 5 Mbps speeds available on Galaxy 18 only and require iDirect X7 Router - more
Optional 1:1 CIR available at any speed with any service plan. Good for VoIP, or other required application.
All single system plans are for one year term (12 months) that converts to month-to-month billing at the end of term.
Multi-site plans have a 2 year term, that converts to month-to-month billing at end of term. Use your existing satellite equipment with Ground Control. All service goes through our teleports - 24 x 7 monitoring, power backup - multiple fiber paths.
1 static IP included with all accounts. Additional static IPs are available.
20 Mbps x 5 Mbps plans require a .98 meter dish or larger with a minimum 6 watt BUC (transmitter).
Video streaming over satellite is allowed on all plans.
Coverage maps are approximate signal service areas.
All speeds listed in Megabits per second (Mb or Mbps) or Kilobits per second (Kb or Kbps).
VOIP Service, VPN Service, Private Networking and many other services are available. Please call.
Multi-Site Plans - Multiple Satellite Systems
Pooled Plans For both Mobile or Fixed Dishes
VOIP Phones & Phone Service $49.95/mo - includes 1000 free minutes each month
Super low-latency (500-650 milliseconds) with a "local" number to make and receive crystal clear calls over our iDirect satellite service. more
Red Phone Critical voice communications to other Red Phones $49 Annually - Includes phone - Unlimited calling
Red Phones are able to stay connected to other Red Phones anywhere in North America during the most sever outages of any kind. more
Ground Control's two North American teleports service two different high-performance satellites that operate independent of each other. With the Dual Matrix service, a single mobile satellite dish may connect with either of the satellites at any time, no matter the plan they subscribe to. more
Other Popular Public Safety Communication Solutions
Iridium PTT Push-To-Talk - No Dead Spots 100% of the globe Iridium Extreme PTT Radios - $1,595/each
Radio communication to anywhere just became a lot easier with Iridium's Push-To-Talk network now open to the general public. No infrastructure to build out or maintain, and implementation can happen right now anywhere on the planet. Iridium Extreme PTT
Portable Satellite Terminals - BGAN Prices start at - $1,650
These portable satellite terminals provide instant broadband Internet and phone no matter where it is located. BGAN terminals are favored by many first-responders and public safety organizations because they do not require expertise to point and use. BGAN Portable Terminals
Carry Portable BGAN Internet & Phone Prices starting at $2,133
A BGAN Ready Case places a BGAN portable satellite terminal in a hardened all-weather case. Everything is included for creating a mobile office in any location in minutes. BGAN Ready Cases are excellent for backup communication and portability. BGAN Hardened Ready Cases
Satellite Phone - Data Phone Iridium Extreme Price - $1,495
The Iridium Extreme satellite phone works in any disaster area anywhere and with the Axcesspoint personal hotspot, it includes low-speed Internet access for smartphones. Ground Control specializes in airtime and Internet service we support 24-7. Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone
In-Motion Internet & Phone Prices starting at $6,100
BGAN in-motion systems offer broadband Internet and phone as well as a Wi-Fi access point to any in-range device, moving or parked. An excellent solution for communication from a command vehicle. BGAN In-Motion Systems
MCD 4800 - Hotspot In A Case Price $12,995 Simply place the closed MCD-4800 watertight case under an open sky, and turn it on. In a minute it automatically becomes a broadband satellite connection with a wireless access for any in-range device up to 6 hours on a single charge. MCD-4800 Information
High Usage BGAN Service Inmarsat's "BGAN LINK" service is for data hungry sites using 5 to 15 Gigabytes per month. This services is ideal for remote offices or security cameras at fixed locations. BGAN terminals can be installed by anyone, and use very little power, but provide everything like Internet, phone, SMS texting and Faxing. BGAN Link Service