State and local public-safety agencies will be able to provide input on the performance requirements and design of a nationwide LTE network for first responders as part of a 5-year, $135 million planning grant program beginning early next year
Four public-safety representatives are among the 15 members of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board that will lead the deployment and maintenance of a nationwide public-safety LTE network, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced during the APCO show
One of the hot-button topics in the public-safety-communications industry is whether early LTE network deployments should be allowed to proceed as planned. In the meantime, it is important that the public-safety industry and key decision-makers learn as much as possible about LTE and how it works in a first-responder environment.
There are lessons to be learned from the rebanding experience that should be avoided as the federal government embarks on a similarly challenging engineering project — the deployment of a nationwide public-safety broadband network using LTE in the 700 MHz band.
Assuming that standardized LTE is used in accordance with interoperability guidelines, real-world deployments can can provide valuable information that can be leveraged by FirstNet as it designs this much-anticipated network.