Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FirstNet to use "Operating Partners" to help manage and build the Nations Public Safety Broadband Network -- guess what? It's not the carriers!

I read a recent article published by the Fierce Broadband. What caught my eye was the topic of FirstNet using “operating partners” to help build the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

“The authority will work with ‘operating partners’ to lower construction and operating costs, yielding a lower cost of ownership to public safety, she added.” (Sue Swenson FirstNet Board via Fierce Broadband Wireless)

The term “operating partners” can mean many things…like creating a private “operating company” from within a Public Private Partnership (P3) that is solely created to operate a State’s portion of the National Public Safety Broadband Network. The beauty of this arrangement is that there is no competing interest of this newly created “operating company”. It’s there only to run the Public Safety Broadband Network for the State in conjunction with FirstNet’s overall national network approach. There is no better way to maximize your investment and align your objectives than through just such an arrangement. A commercial operating partner will always have its mind set on selling broadband commercial services -- Public Safety Broadband will always be a subset of that business model.  A Public Private Partnership agreement builds a private “operating partner” that focuses only on the needs of Public Safety and nothing else…. unless FirstNet and the State what it to expand its service footprint.

Another keen attribute to such a partnership is the flexibility of the “operating partner” to manage the capital program of the build as well as it’s long-term maintenance and operation. With only the State and Federal agencies and entities, as paying (investing) Priority-1 and 2 clients to this infrastructure, it allows for the creation of long-term service level agreements that can augment infrastructure assets already deployed and invested in. We can maximize those entities needs, requirements and cost-savings through inter-agency coordination and integration of working managed virtual networks as well as asset inventory coordination. In short, the P3 private operating entity can maintain better relationships with all internal and external entities of the State better than any commercial provider will ever be allowed to. That means full implementation of classified and secure cyber security measures through a private managed service entity as well as the full maintenance and deployment capability of the physical broadband network essentially locking-down the network, yet at the same time it is allowed to manage the inter-carrier relationship for Priority-3 rural commercial broadband service between the commercial carriers and rural Americans. This provides for an easy “kill switch” in the case of a cyber-security breach or a network destruction scenario during a catastrophic event.

Note: such an arrangement also helps fill in the voids of the Nation Service Funds for broadband to all of America. But that’s another topic.

There is a lot that can be gained from running a private broadband network, but mostly it is the security and the protection factor that is most important, especially during a time of great public safety necessity. What better “operating partner” could you have?

Just some guy and a blog…..

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