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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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Motorola foundation funds FAU women in science program

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Florida Atlantic University is one of several institutions to get money recently from Motorola’s charitable arm. Motorola Solutions Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to the Boca Raton school for its Women in Engineering/Computer Science program, according to a press release. The grant “will provide about 400 female students enrolled in engineering and computer science majors with mentorship, networking events and hands-on activities,” the release said. “The goal of this program is to maintain students’ interest in engineering and technology by…

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Gov’t ops budgets inch toward reconciliation

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The Government Operations/General Government budget conference held its second meeting Saturday, as the sub-chairs for each chamber — Rep. Jeanette Nunez and Sen. Alan Hays — continued to wrangle spreadsheets and inch closer to squaring the $10 million in differences between their respective proposals. This time it was the House’s turn to respond to a Senate offer from earlier this morning, and Nunez made progress towards reconciling the outstanding line items, though they remain about $11.6 million apart. Major sticking points include some $7…

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Personnel note: Cameron Yarbrough joins lobbying team at Gunster

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Lobbyist Cameron Yarbrough has taken his talents — and his increasing roster of clients — to the law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart this week, leaving behind his one-man shop Yarbrough Consulting. Responding to inquiry about the move, Yarbrough told SaintPetersBlog it was a choice he made gladly. “As a sole proprietor I was looking for an alliance that would help me statewide and provide additional resources to complement my legislative and executive practice,” said Yarbrough on Tuesday. “Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed working for…

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