Public-Safety Consortium Develops Questions to Compare LTE Providers
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | Comments

A consortium of U.S. states is establishing protocols that provide public-safety agencies with advantages in promoting interoperable connectivity through Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband. Specifically, the consortium developed a list of questions for public-safety agencies to ask during negotiations with potential broadband service providers.

“Public safety demands a continuous and uninterrupted communications network; answers to these questions will serve to address and achieve this goal,” said the memorandum.

The memorandum was included in the New Hampshire winter newsletter emailed to public-safety stakeholders this week. New Hampshire’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) worked with other states and their officials to develop the questions.

The questions are “the result of our continued collaborative efforts in addressing the FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority) initiative in our respective states by providing to our local first responders parameters for consideration when considering broadband expansion,” said John Stevens, New Hampshire’s state point of contact (SPOC).

He said the list is not attributed specifically to his state but a host of individual state stakeholders who have recognized the importance that this will have on public-safety interoperable communications.

The questions are on page two of the newsletter at this link.

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On 2/16/18, Al Gillespie said:
I can t believe the state's SPOC continues to play games with the safety of the first responders in New Hampshire. Rivada can say anything but they've no proven technical or financial model for a broadband net.

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