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.--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.
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) agreed on a roadmap that should set the stage for creation of a definitive business plan and also voted to continue negotiating a spectrum lease agreement with Harris County, Texas, home of the nation's only operating 700 MHz public-safety LTE network.
The First Responder Network Authority moved further along with planning for the LTE-based nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) by issuing a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. However, FirstNet also put an end to negotiations with several public-safety entities hoping to lease its spectrum for public-safety networks within their jurisdictions.
The Special Review Committee investigating the First Responder Network Authority issued its initial report, finding that FirstNet board members broke no laws and have complied with statutory requirements for development of the nationwide public safety broadband network. Nonetheless, the board chairman acknowledged FirstNet could stand to improve its processes.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) posted its answers to questions received from potential respondents to 10 Requests for Information issued earlier this month regarding the radio access network and core network for the nationwide public safety broadband network being planned.
The LTE network being crafted by the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) is not yet officially designed, but Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions have collaborated on an in-vehicle modem for public-safety that is designed to seamlessly roam between Verizon's LTE network as well as FirstNet's.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released 10 requests for information (RFIs) to the planned nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).
The board of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) last week voted in favor of a 700 MHz spectrum-lease agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), reported Urgent Communications.
The 2013 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference brought to light many of the challenges facing the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the public-safety community as they try to develop modern broadband communications networks.