By Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation, and Brian Hobson, Director of State Plans
FirstNet has been consulting with the states and territories on the development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. As a key next step, FirstNet will use the feedback received and data collected to develop State plans for deploying the Radio Access Network (RAN) in each state. Between now and the delivery of the State Plans, the FirstNet consultation and state plans teams will continue to work with the states to prepare them for reviewing both the draft and final state plans. Meantime, to assist the states in the process, FirstNet has developed the following tutorial to highlight some of the major steps and considerations leading up to the Governor’s decision on the State Plan. This tutorial also identifies examples of the key officials and advisors that could be involved in the review process to ensure the Governor is prepared to make the most informed decision about deploying the RAN their state.