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What is the FirstNet State Plan and what is the “opt out” option?

What is the FirstNet State Plan and what is the “opt out” option? posted on Sep 20

FirstNet is required by statute to provide individual implementation plans (“State Plans”) for each of the 56 states and territories of the United States. These State Plans will be provided via an online portal and will specify the planned coverage, services, applications, features, devices, and   …Continue Reading What is the FirstNet State Plan and what is the “opt out” option?

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Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN? How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested? posted on Aug 30

Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN?  How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested?

  No one is required to use the network. FirstNet’s goal is to make the network cost-competitive with commercial networks and to add many public safety features that are not generally available on commercial networks. That said, if a chief of a department is happy   …Continue Reading Does Public Safety in Massachusetts have to use the NPSBN? How would we go about using the NPSBN if we were interested?

How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks? posted on Aug 9

How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks?

  In many instances, the NPSBN will be very similar to existing wireless data networks, like the ones used by hundreds of millions of smartphone users each day. A key differentiator will be what FirstNet refers to as Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (or   …Continue Reading How is this network going to be different from existing wireless data networks?

How is the NPSBN going to improve how public safety uses its technology? posted on Jul 20

How is the NPSBN going to improve how public safety uses its technology?

  The coming years promise to be transformative in how first responders use wireless communications. At the forefront of these improvements is the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program. The PSCR is a joint effort between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and   …Continue Reading How is the NPSBN going to improve how public safety uses its technology?

Coverage is Key to the National Public Safety Broadband Network posted on Apr 12

Coverage is Key to the National Public Safety Broadband Network

  When we talk with public safety officials about FirstNet, it sounds like a good idea. To embrace it in practice, though, most officials indicate two fundamental hurdles that FirstNet must overcome to win their business. First, the network needs to be affordable. Cities and   …Continue Reading Coverage is Key to the National Public Safety Broadband Network

Paying for the National Public Safety Broadband Network posted on Mar 29

Paying for the National Public Safety Broadband Network

  Two of the other most frequent questions our office receives about FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), is “How much is it going to cost?” and “Who’s going to pay for it?” How much is the NPSBN going to cost to   …Continue Reading Paying for the National Public Safety Broadband Network