The law that established FirstNet requires it to consult with Federal, State, tribal, and local public safety entities to ensure that the FirstNet network is designed to meet the needs of public safety across the country. State, tribal and local consultation will be a collaborative process, involving key stakeholders and leadership from each state and territory, and will incorporate enhancements and improvements as they develop.
FirstNet will work through the designated single officer or governmental body during state and local planning consultation to gather requirements from key stakeholders for developing its deployment plan.
State and local planning consultation topics include:
- Construction of a core network and any RAN build-out
- Placement of towers
- Coverage areas of the network, whether at the regional, state, tribal, or local levels
- Adequacy of hardening, security, reliability, and resiliency requirements
- Assignment of priority to local users
- Assignment of priority and selection of entities seeking access to or use of the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network and training needs of local users.
FirstNet began its state and local planning outreach efforts in mid-May 2013 with six regional workshops. Ten individuals from each state and territory, including some tribal representatives, participated in these interactive meetings, where they communicated their requirements, priorities and concerns to FirstNet. This initial phase of consultation provided FirstNet with valuable insights. We learned how unique the coverage needs are in each state and territory and how different local and regional incident policies and procedures can be at the local level. The workshops reinforced the value of the individual state consultations in gaining a more in-depth understanding of the needs of each state and territory.