FirstNet issues 10 requests for information (RFIs) to solicit input from vendors and potential partners regarding the deployment and operation of the radio-access network (RAN) and the core network in the nationwide broadband system for first responders.
With initial regional meetings with representatives of states and territories completed, FirstNet will turn its attention to preparing for consultations with leaders from individual states and territories–a process that could begin late this summer, according to a FirstNet board member,
The challenges are considerable, as FirstNet ultimately may have no more than 5 million subscribers over which to spread the capital costs of building a nationwide broadband network for first responders; in contrast, Verizon and AT&T each have more than 100 million subscribers over which they can spread such costs.
FirstNet board members yesterday voted to approve a spectrum-lease agreement with the with Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), which becomes the first public-safety entity to get permission from FirstNet to use the 20 MHz of 700 MHz for the buildout of a first-responder LTE network
With the FirstNet board facing a funding shortfall to deploy a nationwide broadband network for first responders, Dynamic Spectrum Access could provide the necessary upfront fund to build the network and the ongoing revenue stream needed to ensure long-term sustainability.