FOP Assails Motorola Solutions for Opposing FirstNet Plan


Telecommunications giant Motorola Solutions drew the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police after a company consultants urged Virginia cops to contact state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with criticisms about a $7 billion project to create a new post-Sept. 11 wireless network called FirstNet for first responders, Politico reports. “Motorola is actively working Capitol Hill to undermine FirstNet and our long-term goal to create a national public safety broadband network,” the FOP said.

Col. Kenneth Morckel of Ohio-based First Response Enterprises had urged the FOP to relay concerns about the network to Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, as well as Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who heads a subcommittee that determines its budget. Motorola Solutions has worked to highlight flaws with FirstNet, which could cut into a key source of company revenue. The firm has deployed lobbyists and consultants nationwide.

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