Some state and local officials have chosen to criticize FirstNet, even though the board has been in place for only about six months. Many seem to have forgotten that it took us three years to get Congress to pass this law, and that this will be the single largest public-safety technology project ever.
FirstNet may need help from Congress to change government rules associated with procurement and partnership deals to make the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders a reality as quickly as possible, FirstNet Chairman Sam Ginn told a House subcommittee.
During a wide-ranging discussion at IWCE, FirstNet board members Charles Dowd and Jeff Johnson spoke about the general manager selection process, network requirements, network access and partnerships, usage of existing public-safety assets, network design process, a listening tour and FirstNet milestones.
A group of 11 states in the western half of the U.S. have decided to coordinate their resources and efforts associated with the much-anticipated 700 MHz nationwide broadband network that will be built by FirstNet, according to an official for the State of Nevada Network (SONNet).
First-responder agencies subscribing to the FirstNet broadband service should pay monthly rates that are at least competitive with commercial service rates, and the network architecture is expected to be clarified within a year, according to key FirstNet board members.