The bad news is that a comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being crafted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not slated to go out until early 2015. But the good news is, at that point states and territories should have a much better grasp regarding their costs to participate in the network.
While the First Responders Network Authority searches for someone to head up LTE network planning and design for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), a new report has revealed that nearly a quarter of U.S. states still have not engaged in active stakeholder outreach related to the FirstNet effort.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--Small cells failed to take off in the commercial cellular arena as quickly or on as grand a scale as expected, but other sectors are starting to consider how they might employ the diminutive base stations. Athena Wireless Communications, for example, is targeting public safety and the military for its small cell products.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--June 3, 2014, marked a new era for the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet). Not only did the board meet in a public ballroom while audience members sat within spitting distance, but the new chairwoman brought along a refreshing candor that should go a long way toward healing the rift that had emerged between FirstNet and the overall public-safety community.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.--A brewing controversy over technical standards and hiring issues are some of the latest bugaboos haunting the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) as it crafts plans for the national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
Two years into its existence, the First Responders Network Authority has undergone a change in leadership, with a former telecom executive taking the reins from another former telecom exec. Sue Swenson, the new chairwoman, has proved a powerful advocate for FirstNet and has also shown--via her lead role in the 700 MHz spectrum-lease negotiations--that she can work with the public-safety community, which still voices serious concerns about the direction that FirstNet is taking.
Las Vegas bookies probably would have calculated pretty strong odds against Sam Ginn staying on as chairman of the First Network Responders Authority once his term expires in August. And that's exactly why Las Vegas bookies make money.
The First Responders Network Authority is preparing two future requests for proposals (RFPs) related to the rollout of the national public-safety broadband network, according to TJ Kennedy, FirstNet's acting general manager.
The First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the hiring of its first CTO. Named to the position is Ali Afrashteh, who has been working as a consultant but previously held executive positions with Clearwire, Sprint, Nextel Communications and PCS PrimeCo.
The surprise announcement that Bill D'Agostino, the First Responders Network Authority's general manager, has resigned, could provide a fresh start for the authority, which is still struggling to satisfy critics in the public-safety community.