Initial consultation meeting with FirstNet completed

(Press Release) — The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, under the State Local Implementation Grant Program, coordinated the Guam Initial Consultation Meeting with the First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet.

On Oct. 22, 2015, over 60 public safety stakeholders from the Governments of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Federal agencies attended the initial consultation meeting to have a direct dialogue with FirstNet to discuss wireless broadband communication needs, ask questions, and learn more about the federal government's FirstNet plans to implement a dedicated nationwide public safety broadband network for Guam and the CNMI.

To start the meeting, Guam Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio remarked that this is a milestone for Guam and CNMI's public safety community and that the contributions of today’s meeting will help design and build a network that is based on our public safety and first responders needs especially pre disasters, during, and post disasters. He encouraged the participants to ask questions, share concerns and possible issues.

Following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network to resolve the communications challenges faced by emergency responders nationwide. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network will provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to communicate during an emergency.

FirstNet was established in February 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. FirstNet will develop the first high-speed wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety and first responders that will provide a single, nationwide network to facilitate communication for public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day. The planned network will be public safety grade, providing access to applications and coverage where public safety needs it most.