Two years after the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012 created FirstNet, National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) stakeholders are seeing tangible progress. March 2014 saw a whirlwind of activity, including the launch of firstnet.gov, the official website for the independent authority, and the approval of a planning roadmap that will inform an eventual FirstNet business plan. The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted two State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) meetings to “help states and territories provide input and prepare for the launch of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) network”. In addition, NG911 efforts are underway and will likely play an important role in FirstNet’s strategy and vision. As if that wasn’t enough, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2014 Annual Conference took place March 24-28 with FirstNet and broadband communications taking center stage. Here’s a recap: FirstNet approved their strategic roadmap, launched a new website, and released a detailed organizational chart and a preliminary consultation and state plan process.
If March is any indication, activity is going to continue to ramp up over the coming months. Be sure to sign up for Corner Alliance’s newsletter and stay in the loop on all things public safety broadband!