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  1. Building on the regional workshops, FirstNet has started to initiate individual visits to each of the states and territories to continue the dialog about building a broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will work through each designated state point of contact to arrange a visit, agree on the agenda and identify participants. Timing will depend on the State’s readiness, the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) Phase 1 activities, and how quickly FirstNet can fully staff its outreach team. The agenda for initial FirstNet visits will focus on roles and responsibilities, users and coverage needs. We will also discuss expectations for data collection and other state-specific issues. These meetings will pave the way for ongoing collaboration that will result in FirstNet’s development of 56 unique state deployment plans.
  2. Members of the FirstNet outreach and design teams will work closely with the designated single officer or governmental body to develop and deliver a network deployment plan that meets their needs. FirstNet will then provide the Governor of each State or territory with a notice of the completion of the request for proposal process; the details of the proposed plan; and the funding level for the state or territory. Upon receipt of the plan, a Governor will have 90 days to choose whether to participate in the plan provided by FirstNet or conduct its own deployment of a radio access network. If a Governor decides to opt out, then he/she is required to notify FirstNet, NTIA, and the FCC. After providing the notification, the Governor has 180 days to develop and complete requests for proposals for the construction, maintenance and operation of the RAN within the State. The State is required to submit an alternative plan to the FCC that is interoperable with the NPSBN and complies with the minimum technical interoperability requirements under the Act.

  3. If the State’s plan is approved by the FCC, the state may apply for a grant from NTIA to construct the RAN. To obtain Federal funding for its RAN, the State must demonstrate it can:

    • -Provide the technical capability to operate and fund the RAN
    • -Maintain ongoing interoperability with the NPSBN
    • -Complete the project within specified comparable timelines
    • -Execute its plan cost effectively
    • -Deliver security, coverage and quality of service comparable to the NPSBN

    There are additional funding implications if a state receives approval to build its own RAN:

    • -States pay any fees associated with using FirstNet core elements
    • -Grant program specifics are not developed yet
    • -NTIA will determine eligible costs of the grant program, whether a match will be required, and funding levels
  4. If the state plan is not approved, the construction, operation and maintenance of the state RAN will proceed in accordance with the FirstNet plan. If a state receives approval to build its own RAN, the state then must apply to NTIA to lease spectrum capacity from FirstNet.

  5. Listed below are the State Single Points of Contact (SPOC) appointed by the governor of each state and territory. These are the individuals responsible for working with FirstNet in their state or territory.

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