Opting in: App-Enabled Public Safety Network Depends on a Unified and Interoperable Platform

Brian Scarpelli | ACT

The first half of this year has seen several key developments in the U.S. government’s efforts to establish a nationwide, broadband-enabled public safety network, and we look forward to working with our members to help first responders protect America’s health and safety. In March, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) awarded a 25-year contract to AT&T to build the broadband infrastructure for the project, and seven states have already opted in to the national network. Yet, without critical steps to ensure the interoperability for this national network, this vision will remain a dream.

… For this reason, the App Association strongly supports states opting in to the federal public safety broadband network to best enable their first responders to protect public health and safety. We take issue with the positions of organizations like the Competitive Carriers Association that frame state opt-outs as an enhancement of the network, which is a serious misinterpretation of the clear path Congress has laid for first responder communications and would undermine the nationwide public safety network’s success.

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