May 1, 2017–First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth said today that FirstNet and AT&T, Inc. have “had an extremely productive” first month since they signed a 25-year contract for AT&T to build and maintain a nationwide public safety broadband network (TR Daily, March 30). “This week marks FirstNet’s first month in a public-private partnership with AT&T, working with its team of Motorola Solutions, General Dynamics, Sapient Consulting and Inmarsat Government on the successful deployment of the Network. Together, we’ve had an extremely productive month collaborating on a number of priorities, such as State Plans and the development of an online portal that will be used to deliver the plans to the states and territories. We have also had initial discussions regarding the FirstNet core network architecture,” Mr. Poth said in a blog posting.
“This public-private partnership maintains the same sense of urgency that FirstNet has upheld since the beginning. There are a number of key milestones that we are on track to achieve, including the expected delivery of draft State Plans in the June timeframe, which is three months ahead of FirstNet’s original target timeframe.
“Additionally, in advance of delivering the draft State Plans, FirstNet and AT&T look forward to bringing all of the State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) together to preview key information that will be shared in the online State Plans portal. We will also review with the SPOCs the process for state plans,” he added. “We – FirstNet and AT&T – are confident that these State Plans will deliver a superior solution for public safety wireless broadband communications. Our confidence in the FirstNet value proposition is a result of the rigorous acquisition process leading to a best value award as well as the market research that we conducted and the feedback we received from public safety over the last three years through our consultation and outreach efforts. This truly is a network for public safety, by public safety.”- Paul Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org