FirstNet has released a Third Notice which furthers the discussion and interpretation of who is eligible as public safety to use the FirstNet network. This issue was previously discussed in the FirstNet First Notice to which NPSTC commented on October 27, 2015. The new Third Notice further dissects the language in Section 337 of the Communications Act re the definition of public safety as well as the provisions of the Spectrum Act of 2012, i.e., the enabling legislation that created FirstNet.
Comments on this new Third Notice are due 30 days after the Notice is published in the Federal Register. NPSTC will be reviewing this new Third Notice to determine its response. The FirstNet Third Notice may be accessed at: http://www.firstnet.gov/sites/default/files/firstnet-third-notice-final-prepublication-version.pdf