Carriers, vendors, owners of network infrastructure, and other entities that wish to partner with FirstNet should keep in mind some of the key opportunities and challenges about business opportunities with FirstNet that could be gleaned from this week’s hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Bob Griffin, deputy under secretary for the science & technology (S&T) directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), discusses the response to the recent Visionary Goals effort and outlines the components of the ongoing National Conversation initiative.
FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee that FirstNet plans to issue its final request for proposal (RFP) by the end of this year and that “we should be shot” if the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders is not operational by 2022.
Does FirstNet have the right to take excess revenue generated in an “opt-out” state to use elsewhere in the nation? The answer promises to have a significant impact on FirstNet’s business mode, how bidders approach FirstNet’s final request for proposal (RFP), and the relationship between FirstNet and the states/territories.
FirstNet board members approve a public notice that seeks input on FirstNet’s relationship with states and territories that choose the “opt-out” option, including how revenues generated by opt-out states can be used. Policies associated with these topics could have a significant impact on FirstNet’s efforts to establish a business model that ensures long-term sustainability, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.
Charles Werner, National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) chairman and fire chief for Charlottesville, Va., discusses the value of hackathons to public safety, as well as some of the applications developed at the recent hackathon conducted in conjunction with the International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE) in New Orleans.
Cisco Systems announces the launch of its City Operations Center platform, which is designed to let enterprise officials view myriad forms of information—video, sensor findings, location information and other data—in a “single pane of glass view,” according to Cisco Systems employees.
To help public-safety answering points (PSAPS) and Emergency Medical Services safely respond to patients who potentially could have Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update its guidelines that were first published last fall. Last month, the CDC also released a helpful flow chart.
First responders in three regions of New Jersey later this year are expected to utilize a new dedicated public-safety LTE network comprised entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet, according to officials for the vendors building the network.