FirstNet's GM: 'We will deliver this network for public safety'

Bill D'Agostino, general manager of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet), pledged openness and transparency as plans for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) are crafted. "We have only one opportunity to get this right, and there are a wide range of variables, decisions and investments that need to be carefully weighed before we spend taxpayer funding on anything less than a well thought out plan," said D'Agostino during a keynote speech at IWCE 2014 in Las Vegas. D'Agostino, who was quoted by Urgent Communications, said FirstNet will rely on partnerships to bring the LTE-based NPSBN to fruition. Though FirstNet has already faced a scandal regarding perceived conflicts of interest and questions regarding sustainability of its planned network, D'Agostino appeared bullish. "I look forward to continuing to move along this roadmap to continue to do the things that we need to do, and we will deliver this network for public safety," he said. For more, see this Urgent Communications article.