FirstNet is involved with several government agencies and organizations that provide direction, governance, advice, leadership and technical support. These important relationships were established to enable the successful deployment of the first broadband wireless network dedicated to public safety.
FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues and manages the Federal Government’s use of spectrum. NTIA is part of the Department of Commerce.
FirstNet also collaborates with the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, which is a joint program managed by NIST’s Office of Law Enforcement Standards and NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. These entities are involved in standards setting and research to advance public safety communications interoperability. PSCR sponsors events and provides forums where FirstNet can exchange ideas and information with the vendor community that is developing broadband wireless equipment, services and devices. In addition, PSCR represents FirstNet’s interests in various international and domestic standards bodies in a collaborative effort aimed at moving public safety needs into the standards used for network and device equipment manufacturers. FirstNet also anticipates working with PSCR on testing new technologies.
FirstNet seeks input from representatives of state, local, and tribal governments and public safety organizations who serve on its Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). This advisory committee provides its advice to help ensure FirstNet delivers a network that meets the needs of public safety.