It should comes as no surprise that vendors and commercial carriers may try to influence FirstNet–it is one of many monumental challenges that it will face as it tries to bring public safety’s nationwide broadband network to fruition.
FirstNet issues 10 requests for information (RFIs) to solicit input from vendors and potential partners regarding the deployment and operation of the radio-access network (RAN) and the core network in the nationwide broadband system for first responders.
With initial regional meetings with representatives of states and territories completed, FirstNet will turn its attention to preparing for consultations with leaders from individual states and territories–a process that could begin late this summer, according to a FirstNet board member,
The challenges are considerable, as FirstNet ultimately may have no more than 5 million subscribers over which to spread the capital costs of building a nationwide broadband network for first responders; in contrast, Verizon and AT&T each have more than 100 million subscribers over which they can spread such costs.
FirstNet board members yesterday voted to approve a spectrum-lease agreement with the with Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), which becomes the first public-safety entity to get permission from FirstNet to use the 20 MHz of 700 MHz for the buildout of a first-responder LTE network
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this year embarked on a monumental and unprecedented task, which is to build the first nationwide broadband communications network for first responders. One of the most challenging aspects of the project is one that will need to be tackled in the earliest stages: how to create an economic model that not only will result in the network being built, but also will ensure its long-term sustainability.