Link to the October Newsletter is HERE
Network Status Map Enhancements
- The new Advanced Map View, which became available in early October, will provide eligible personnel access to a detailed view of unplanned network outages, including cell site locations. Eligible personnel must be designated by their agency as a Communications Lead, Emergency Support Function 2, Communication Coordinator, 911 Coordinator or similar role. Contact your agency administrator for FirstNet Services to apply for access.
The First Responder Network Authority has released a new roadmap for the future of the nationwide public safety broadband network FirstNet.
March 20, 2019 (JACKSON, MS) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) today unveiled new initiatives to shape the future of public safety’s network and advance a dedicated FirstNet experience that will transform public safety operations to help save lives and protect communities.
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“. . . AT&T expects to finish its efforts to build out fiber to roughly 14 million locations within the next 12 months.”
This fiber will support FirstNet and 5G installations. AT&T plans to install 5G equipment on towers as it installs the FirstNet 700 MHz equipment. This will reduce AT&T’s 5G infrastructure costs. We can hope it results in lower cost 5G access. No breath holding allowed.
“By the end of March, first responder subscribers can use the Galaxy S9/S9+ to tap into the full power of FirstNet,” says AT&T building the nationwide broadband public safety network.
Source: POLITICO Morning Tech
According to Politico “All 50 states and Washington, D.C. have opted into a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband communications network, a victory for AT&T and the federal government.”
FirstNet Solutions Overview is HERE They mention Band 14 in the presentation.
Band 14 is the spectrum licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to create a nationwide public-safety wireless broadband network. Band 14 represents 20 MHz of highly desirable spectrum in the 700 MHz band that provides good propagation in urban and rural areas and decent penetration into buildings.
While Band 14 is for public service use Congress intended that when not used for emergencies by first responders it would be available for use for rural and remote broadband access.
First responders will have priority on this network, but the federal legislation that created FirstNet and authorized network construction allows for much wider use—indeed, any responder, virtually any government user, and even commercial entities and consumers in certain circumstances. In broadening the potential use of these airwaves, Congress likely intended that, in rural and remote areas—which are not profitable for commercial wireless carriers—FirstNet’s network and spectrum could serve a wide variety of needs, including those of families, small businesses and education, as well as traditional public-safety responders.
We will have to see how FirstNet is deployed in the Sierra where there is no broadband coverage. The original GCBC Broadband Proposal included a provision for working with the winner of the FirstNet Contract. I am waiting for a revised copy of the current work plan which was being revised to incorporate the requirements in AB1665 to see if it still has a FirstNet section and allocation.