When it comes to providing information needed to convince first-response agencies to subscribe to a nationwide network, FirstNet officials should consider some of the lessons learned by states that have built statewide LMR networks that faced similar outreach challenges. (Free registration required)
FirstNet staff members last week reiterated a commitment to ensuring that the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders will provide public-safety-grade reliability and local control, while outlining three key scenarios concerning the possible number of LTE sites needed to support the system.
New York City is an “ideal” location for FirstNet to locate an early deployment, based on the police department’s technological advances and the existence of supporting physical infrastructure, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told FirstNet board members.
FirstNet grants another extension in the spectrum-lease negotiations with the state of Texas, which is acting on behalf of Harris County—the location of the only operational public-safety LTE network in the nation.
FirstNet board approves a program roadmap that will serve as a precursor to the organization’s ultimate business plan to build and maintain a nationwide broadband network for first responders while remaining within the $7 billion budget that Congress established for the project.
FirstNet committees approve various portions of a proposed program roadmap for the organization deploying a nationwide public-safety broadband network, setting the stage for the full board to consider adoption of the plan during tomorrow’s meeting.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) or the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)–not FirstNet’s management–are deciding which contractors should be hired by FirstNet, according to Andrew Seybold, a longtime public-safety wireless consultant and former FirstNet contractor.