After years of planning and several recent changes in management, FirstNet is making progress toward its goal of creating a nationwide first responder communications network.
On July 29, FirstNet will hold its first in-person consultation with a state – Maryland – to gather information that will inform the project’s specifications. According to the FirstNet website, topics during the consultation include:
- Construction of a core network and any radio-access network (RAN) build-out
- Placement of towers
- Coverage areas of the network, whether at the regional, state, tribal or local levels
- Adequacy of hardening, security, reliability and resiliency requirements
- Assignment of priority to local users
- Assignment of priority and selection of entities seeking access to or use of the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network and training needs of local users.
Consulting with the states is a five-stage process that will continue after an RFP has been issued, and FirstNet and its vendor build a network that all states can use, said FirstNet Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy.
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