FirstNet to Release Road Map in Coming Months, Outlines 6 Technology Domains
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) said the road map announced at is March meeting will be released later this summer and will advance the public-safety broadband network. At a June 26 meeting in Indianapolis, the FirstNet board supported the direction of the road map and its alignment with public safety’s communications needs.

FirstNet staff is building the road map around six technology domains — the FirstNet core, coverage and capacity, situational awareness, voice, secure information exchange, and user experience — that it said reflect the most important communications capabilities for public safety’s mission.

FirstNet staff outlined the six domains and said they will continue work to provide a draft road map to public safety and to revise the plan, expecting a final release later this summer. The road map was announced at the last board meeting in March.

“This will be public safety’s road map for the future of FirstNet,” said Board Chair Edward Horowitz. “The FirstNet Authority values the public-safety community’s enthusiasm and participation in building this road map with us. Their input helped us further understand public safety’s needs and priorities for broadband communications now and in the years to come. The road map will be a living plan that will inform our decisions and strategies for investing in the network and public safety.”

To gather input, the FirstNet Authority conducted more than 600 engagements involving more than 15,000 public-safety representatives in 2019. FirstNet also emailed surveys to 250 public-safety agencies.

The FirstNet board has taken key steps to establish an investment strategy for the network in conjunction with the road map. Last August, the FirstNet board allotted $78 million for network investment in fiscal-year 2019. In March, the board established a set of principles to guide FirstNet’s investments for the network. A resolution passed at the latest meeting requires board approval of network investment funds.

“All funding obligated to reinvestment must be approved by the board,” said FirstNet Board Member Tip Osterthaler, who chairs the Finance Committee.

The board also passed a resolution thanking board member Teri Takai for her seven years of service. One of the original members of the FirstNet board, Takai’s term expires in August.

The board is also taking nominations for the Chief Harlin R. McEwen Public Safety Broadband Communications Award through Sept. 30. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit Firstnet.gov/about/board/award/McEwen.

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