Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FirstNet Update

It's been a while since we last checked in on FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority), the $7.0 billion Federal effort to give the Emergency Services Sector a dedicated nationwide interoperable broadband network. Thankfully, Government Technology recently published an article that does a solid job of updating situation. Details below:

(Government Technology, April 17, 2014)

Comment: Don't miss the interactive map and related information available using the right inset mid-way down the article. It shows what happened to $400 million in related pilot program grants - a head scratcher that has left me revisiting Sheriff Fitzgerald's comments from last spring. You can read about Charlotte's rejection here, and the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems Authority (BayRICS) rejection here.

Graphic credit: FirstNet

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