Myth Busters: A FirstNet Edition

Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here’s an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing statements that have been made about the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Last week, FirstNet and AT&T released a plan for the proposed deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) in all states, triggering multiple timelines associated with governors’ decisions whether to accept the plan or pursue the “opt-out” alternative, which requires the state to build the LTE radio access network (RAN) within its borders.

There are a lot of items for state officials to consider as they prepare their governors to make this choice by the end of the year, as the best decisions will encompass all sorts of ramifications—legal, financial, political, etc. Hopefully, the ultimate decision will be driven by the answer to the primary question: What communications choice will best promote safety for our first responders and the citizens they protect?



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