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.
Mississippi legislators will need to provide several millions of dollars in funding, or the statewide P25 network will have to shut down next February, according to a key official with the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission (WCC).
Efforts during the past 7 years to bring next-generation 911 service to southern Illinois was extolled as a blueprint for others to follow as they contemplate similar migrations during a recent webinar presented by the National 911 Program Office.
Hampered by a lack of transparency during its early days, the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority has rebounded nicely and is on the verge of making its public-safety LTE project a reality. With the FirstNet board facing similar allegations in its formative time, FirstNet Chairman Sam Ginn may want to consider the advice of Barry Fraser, the BayRICS general manager who inherited a difficult situation.