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

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

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?

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?

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