One piece of advice offered: establish a governance structure before doing anything else–and act transparently. Funding and stakeholder education also are high on the list of challenges facing public-safety agencies mulling a move to FirstNet’s nationwide broadband network.
FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino says the effort to build a first-responder broadband network “won’t fail,” but the lack of tangible progress–in the form of network buildouts–could be a serious concern for both public safety and Congress in the near future.
Arizona, California, Iowa and Missouri receive a total of $12.5 million, which can be used for outreach and education in preparation for consulting with FirstNet regarding the nationwide broadband network for first responders that it is building.
Mark Adams, director and principal architect of networks and communications for Northrop Grumman Information Systems, outlines his company’s proposal for an application ecosystem that could be used by FirstNet while on the floor of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) show in Anaheim, Calif.
Contract would total about $280 million if all options are exercised; authority hopes to offload non-mission-critical communications to planned LTE network, in order to carry mission-critical voice communications over public-safety narrowband channels in the UHF and 700 MHz bands.