PSAC Recap: Outreach, State Plans, Network Solutions Focus of Summer Meeting

June 16, 2017
FirstNet PSAC holds summer meeting in San Antonio on June 15, 2017
FirstNet PSAC holds summer meeting in San Antonio on June 15, 2017

By Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

Yesterday, members of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) met in San Antonio, Texas, for the first in-person meeting of the year.  Thirty-four PSAC members gathered to review FirstNet’s most recent progress, hear from leaders in the organization, and update general membership on findings related to its task teams and working groups.  As has been tradition in years past, the PSAC co-located this year’s summer meeting with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Lab’s annual conference.

This year’s summer meeting, however, boasted one major change: a detailed look into the nationwide public safety broadband network solutions from AT&T leadership and staff.  In March 2017, FirstNet awarded the contract to deploy, operate, and maintain the network to AT&T.  Along with the AT&T team, several FirstNet executives – including President TJ Kennedy and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson – guided in-depth conversations with the committee.



The PSAC meeting had a full agenda, as PSAC Chair Tom Sorley led sessions on robust outreach and education tools, preparing public safety agencies for network adoption, State Plans, and the people, priorities, and processes around the upcoming Governor’s decision on the State Plans.  Additionally, the PSAC discussed tribal consultation, federal consultation, and the early builder projects.

Going forward, the PSAC will continue to seek new and innovative ways to gather public safety input for FirstNet, and build on the partnership’s pledge to our nation’s first responders. FirstNet would like to thank the PSAC and the Executive Committee for its public safety subject matter expertise and operational guidance as the FirstNet-AT&T partnership implements this much-needed public safety broadband network.

Thanks,

-Kenzie

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