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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?

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

When Will the NPSBN Be Available in Massachusetts? Posted on Mar 8

When Will the NPSBN Be Available in Massachusetts?

One of the most frequent questions our office gets is “When is the National Public Safety Broadband Network going to be available for first responders to use?” The short answer is, we are not quite sure. The long answer – as you would expect –   …Continue Reading When Will the NPSBN Be Available in Massachusetts?

An Introduction to FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network Posted on Feb 23

An Introduction to FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network

  While the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has been around for four years now, many are not aware of what it is and what it is trying to accomplish. This blog will cover some background on FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network   …Continue Reading An Introduction to FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network

Welcome to the Public Safety Broadband Office’s Blog Posted on Feb 8

Welcome to the Public Safety Broadband Office’s Blog

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   …Continue Reading Welcome to the Public Safety Broadband Office’s Blog