For the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) to achieve success in building the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), it must meet the mission-critical needs of public safety, remain financially viable and ensure state and local buy-in for the network, according to Dennis Martinez, CTO of Harris' RF communications division, who helped craft the NPSBN's interoperability requirements.
The board of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the creation of a special review committee to investigate whether the board has complied with federal rules that apply to its hiring, sourcing and meeting practices in its efforts to set up the LTE-based National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
Verizon Wireless executive Bill D'Agostino Jr. is now the general manager of The First Responder Network Authority, but his introduction was overshadowed by salvos launched by one of FirstNet's own board members regarding the authority's lack of transparency.
Sue Swenson, board member of the First Responder Network Authority, made a pitch justifying the independent authority's reason for being, noting a National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will enjoy cost savings on devices and infrastructure.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is still working to create a draft framework for a 700 MHz spectrum lease agreement that would allow seven public-safety projects across the country to resume LTE network deployments.
The board of directors at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected a new general manager, but the candidate's name is being withheld pending successful completion of background check processes.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is slated to name a general manager today during a special public meeting, which should help the nascent organization get down to the business of designing the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Yet many public-safety entitities and state representatives remain concerned that the network is being designed with too little transparency and outside consultation.
BOULDER, Colo.--At its third public meeting, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board voted unanimously to start a process that could enable seven public-safety jurisdictions to resume LTE network deployments they were forced to halt last spring.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will distribute $121.5 million in grants to assist states in planning for the LTE-based nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will hold its next meeting on Feb. 12, giving it a chance to respond publicly to a barrage of complaints regarding the board's perceived lack of transparency and responsiveness.