Board member Sue Swenson takes on the role of vice chairman, while Col. Frank Freeman (retired), who was with the U.S. Air Force for a quarter century, becomes chief administrative officer. In addition, a chief information officer has been selected, with that announcement potentially coming “very, very soon,” said FirstNet GM Bill D’Agostino.
Approval is expected as FirstNet’s finance conmmittee recommended the approval of both deals; the Adams County project–which will entail 18-20 sites and serve about 2,000 first responders–is expected to provide a “real-world testbed” to address issues about coverage, network speeds and core interoperability, said FirstNet GM Bill D’Agostino.
FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino issues a statement clarifying the FirstNet position on the role that spectrum arbitrage will play in the FirstNet business model, noting that it will be part of the strategy, “but it’s not our only answer.”
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While dynamic specrum arbitrage might be a strategy used by FirstNet to deploy it’s nationwide first-responder broadband within budget, “it won’t play a big role in what we do,” said General Manager Bill D’Agostino. However, he added that FirstNet is eager to identify partnership deals that would allow it to leverage its expected excess spectrum capacity–largely with carriers that need additional capacity, and with entities that can bring assets to the table, such as utilities.