Thursday, March 14, 2013

Senate Oversight Sub-Committee Meeting for FirstNet - Introduction of the Public Private Partnership to fund the entire solution

Having just wrapped up my listening to the Senate Sub-Committee meeting for the FirstNet Oversight I would have to say that I’m a bit disappointed and I’m losing confidence in the leadership. I would like to commend Mr. Ganley, CEO of Rivada Networks, for taking the initiative to talk about the Pubic Private Partnership (P3) model that I have been pushing for quite sometime. Being that I have spent the last 10+ years developing the model it was refreshing to hear someone else talk about it with passion and enthusiasm. Mr. Ganley will have a problem though.

The concept of a P3 being funded and administered through the sale of commercial services via the underutilized bandwidth and coverage areas will not be sustainable.  I suggest that if you are to use my model then we need to open up the focal point on this target. We’re not going to kill the charging elephant with a 22-caliber-pea shooter.

Although Mr. Ganley is heading in the right direction; by fostering all three of the Priority levels within the Public Safety Broadband Network you will notice that there are many more potential clients than just the subscribers of commercial service. In the State of Oklahoma there only exist 487,000+ rural customers and the only real way to access them is through the electric cooperatives. Being that FirstNet cannot be used as a commercial service means that access to the potential clients, which is not a lot, would have to be delivered through a slightly altered model than what Mr. Ganley is suggesting.

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