Public Officials in Richmond, Virginia are testing the FirstNet’s public safety wireless network, as of last month. Richmond and Fairfax counties are the first localities in Virginia that will be using the network. This move to use the network will hopefully prompt the system to be in full use by the end of 2018. Continue reading
Our December 2017 Map of the Month highlights Utah’s statewide “Address Point” map layer — a vital, statewide information asset. The Address Point map layer is a collection of all of the addressed properties in Utah, known to, and shared by county government.
But wait! Don’t go away just yet, as the story and impact of Utah’s Address Points has broad implications and appeal for broadband and beyond. It is, however, appropriate to mention right away that this data asset, at a state-level owes its beginning to the Broadband Outreach Center and the initial state broadband mapping and planning grant efforts led and administered by the Utah Public Service Commission. Continue reading
On March 10, 2016 FirstNet is holding a pre-proposal conference in Reston, VA to address questions related to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued January 13. The conference can be accessed via webinar for free. FirstNet will discuss common questions about the process, and answer specific questions from participants.
The October 2015 Map of the Month shows Utah’s FirstNet Coverage Goals for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
The new website is designed to help educate stakeholders on the development of the network, which will be a collaborative effort between federal, state and local agencies. FirstNet was made possible through H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which funded the network.
The Act established a grant program focused on assisting a myriad of state, local and other jurisdictions with implementing the NPSBN. This effort was designed to deploy the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate infrastructure, equipment and other architecture to satisfy wireless and data service needs.
Administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), Utah received $2.2 million dollars through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).
To visit the new FirstNet website click here.