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Feds reveal why Rivada Mercury, Harris lost FirstNet bid

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Last week, the federal government awarded AT&T with the coveted FirstNet contract to build and manage the next-generation federal public safety communications network. This week, unsealed court records shed added light on the reason federal officials sided with AT&T and Motorola Solutions and not rivals Rivada Mercury and Melbourne-based Harris Corporation. Documents outline a series of obstacles to the companies’ inclusion in FirstNet, the federal initiative to create a single platform as the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated…

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Harris Corp. releases positively creepy online ad

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Only two words are needed to describe Harris Corporation’s latest online ad, which appears on a variety of sites, including that of the Tallahassee Democrat. Downright creepy. Harris is clearly trying to sway lawmakers to its side. It’s just that they may be using the wrong strategy. Not that the Melbourne-based telecommunications firm has been noticeably absent lately. Consider a news release this week, where Harris offered downloads of an ultra-high-res image of the Earth, taken from the Geostationary Operational Environmental…

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2016 state radio funds allocated; next procurement to begin this summer

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The Department of Management Services’ Joint Task Force panel detailed on Monday how $7 million allocated for state law enforcement radios last year will be spent, possibly giving a clue into how another $7 million appropriated for SLERS during the 2016 Legislative Session may be allocated as well. The funding item has been the topic of a heated intra-industry fight between two major state government vendors. Brevard County-based Harris Corporation, who holds the lucrative nine-figure contract to produce and service nearly all of…

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State police radios funds spared from veto list

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Gov. Rick Scott declared his plan to lay waste to nearly 300 projects amounting to some $256 million with a preemptive announcement on Tuesday. Among the roughly $82 billion in funding items left standing: a controversial appropriation of $7 million to refresh the state’s stock of radio equipment for state law enforcement agents. The radio money making the cut is a big win for Brevard-based Harris Corporation, who argued the funds are needed to replace outdated models. A representative involved in pursuing the item described…

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Harris Corporation pleased with $7M approved for police radio funding

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Florida lawmakers went back and forth on funding for new police radios in their $82.3 billion budget, eventually deciding to fork over $7 million for the new equipment to current supplier Harris Corporation. The communications company couldn’t be more pleased that lawmakers ended up “putting the safety of first responders and Floridians first,” according to an email it blasted out after the legislature passed the budget Friday night. The House had included funding for the radios in its budget proposal,…

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Funds for police radios nixed in budget conference? Not so fast

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Multiple outlets reported over the weekend that budget conferees effectively killed a line item to “refresh” the state’s inventory of law enforcement radios furnished by the Brevard County vendor Harris Corporation. The issue has been the subject of what Senate budget chief Tom Lee called a “vendor fist fight” between Harris – which holds a lucrative 20-year state contract set to expire in 2021 – and Motorola Solutions, another major radio equipment vendor looking to take the contract over via a planned competitive bidding…

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Budget conferees agree on general gov’t and prison funding issues, bump state radios funds

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Senior budget writers met Sunday afternoon to continue hammering out differences in House and Senate appropriations proposals, still hundreds of millions of dollars apart. In keeping with their recent meetings since committee sub-chairs “bumped up” remaining budget issues to the at-large budget conference, Chair Rep. Richard Corcoran and Vice Chair Sen. Tom Lee – their respective chambers’ appropriations chiefs – made swift progress at the hearing, though a simmering industry “fist fight” over state police radios slowed down discussions over the weekend and prevented the panel…

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