We can’t afford not to monetize the Public Safety spectrum for Public Safety. The state of the economy dictates that each State, and the Nation, needs to be creative in finding ways to cut cost and construct more sustainable revenue. What better way than to benefit from the valuable broadband spectrum allocated to FirstNet?
Through the use of a State advertised RFP (Request For Proposal) process we can allow private equity to invest into our nations public safety infrastructure insuring ourselves a path to success (reference my NOI response to FirstNet). Any other way will detract from the overall purpose of progress. There are those that think by monetizing the spectrum allocated to each State that we are somehow detracting from the overall goal of Public Safety. I believe the exact opposite to be true.
By focusing on the three main priority levels, as indicated by FirstNet in its initial conceptual network design, we can easily configure a user base of a State PSBN solution that will produce significant amounts of recurring revenue and cost savings that can allow for a stable and self-sufficient broadband entity operated within the State, which ultimately would be re-invested using the State's ownership portion of that revenue.
1. Priority 1 users are First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS types);
2. Priority 2 users are Utilities, Transportation, Agriculture and the likes;
3. Priority 3 users are the rural constituents of the State who require broadband service.
As I have indicated in the past (see past RFP process diagram) the importance remains in the State’s ability to illustrate a good technical specification requirement, forecasted governance model requirements (interfacing requirements) and projected financial recurring revenue picture within their RFP. Each State can MORE effectively acquire (more than the Federal Government) the specifications and the projected revenue from each of its internal State agencies and entities then combine then into the said RFP. If needed the State can also project the recurring revenue from rural broadband service as well.
In the end we have already proofed such a business case analysis, and its projected revenue stream, with one State (reference Tri-County Electric Oklahoma). We successfully illustrated a strong recurring revenue stream and strict compliance with design specifications as indicated by FirstNet. It is a holistic network design that full interoperates yet remains protected through its private implementation. The solution is entirely doable. We can’t afford not to try this approach. It’s in the best interest of the nation and our nations security.
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