GAO report says FirstNet on track, calls for greater oversight, transparency

AT&T is meeting all contracted deployment and adoption goals for the FirstNet public-safety broadband network, but the FirstNet Authority could improve the system’s chances of success by improving oversight and transparency to stakeholders, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released yesterday.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: January 28, 2020

“The success of the network depends not only on AT&T’s contract execution and FirstNet’s oversight but also on the confidence of the end users, the nation’s first responders,” the GAO report concludes. “As FirstNet enters the next phases of its partnership with AT&T, it could reduce the risks to the network’s long-term success by strengthening its schedule oversight; increasing transparency, communication, and reporting of additional information to states and other public-safety stakeholders; and obtaining and using meaningful information on the satisfaction of the first responders for whom the network is intended.”

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