By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
One of FirstNet’s top priorities in 2015 is consultation with all 56 states and territories. The FirstNet User Advocacy Team designs the initial consultation meetings to meet each state’s needs and to incorporate key lessons we learn from the process as it evolves. These initial meetings aim to help states and territories understand the relationship between FirstNet and the state or territory and how the parties will work together over the next several years.
We are pleased with the pace and outcomes to date. FirstNet has conducted 15 initial state consultation meetings in the states and in Puerto Rico - including the meeting taking place today in Wyoming - with more 1,000 stakeholders in attendance combined. FirstNet’s on-site consultation teams have been capturing the key points of discussion from the consultation meetings in coordination with the states. To read our recaps of these meetings, please visit the FirstNet Blog.
It is important to note that consultation will be ongoing throughout the life of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN): FirstNet will not only consult with the states today as it is currently doing, but also throughout the build and operation of the newtork. The goal is to ensure that the nature and content for consultation keep pace with the needs of the states and FirstNet as the planning for the NPSBN evolves.
To keep stakeholders up-to-date on key consultation developments in their state, territory, or region, we are posting our master tracker of state and territorial activities on our website. We plan to update this page on a regular basis.
Please contact your state single point of contact (SPOC) to learn more about consultation or other FirstNet activities in your state or territory. A list of the SPOCs can be found on the FirstNet Resources page.
On behalf of FirstNet I would like to thank the state SPOCs for their cooperation and continued support for the consultation process and our collective efforts to plan for and deploy the NPSBN.