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This is the first in a series of blog postings from the Commonwealth Public Safety Broadband Office (PSBO). The PSBO is an office within the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Headed by Curtis Wood, Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology, the PSBO is responsible for coordinating the Commonwealth’s activities with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and addressing other issues related to public safety communications. This office coordinates FirstNet planning with the Office of the Governor and seeks advice and guidance from the Massachusetts FirstNet Advisory Board (MFAB).

We are going to use these blogs to answer questions that first responders and others have about FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), as well as address other important public safety communications topics. Our initial blogs will answer the following common questions from Massachusetts first responders about FirstNet:

  • What is FirstNet and the NPSBN?
  • Who is going to use the NPSBN?
  • When will the NPSBN be available in Massachusetts?
  • How much is the NPSBN going to cost to use?
  • Who is going to pay for it?
  • Is the NPSBN going to cover my town?
  • Is wireless data coverage going to be any better that what we currently have?

We are looking for your input.

As a first responder, public safety official, or interested citizen, let us know your thoughts and questions. You can comment on our blog below or reach out to us directly at psbo@state.ma.us. You can find out more about our office and activities on our web site at mass.gov/psbo.

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