A lot is happening within the FirstNet background. One of the issues, that came out of a few States’ that I’ve been conversing with, is the legislative support within the State body of representatives.
It starts with a simple, yet key, question for any State: do you want to pay for your own PSBN deployment and self-sustainment -- which ultimately means your taxpayers and the federal government? Or, would you like to monetize the spectrum for yourself by having private equity come in a pay for it all, at the same time having the state share in the revenue, which means more jobs, stronger economy and no taxpayer burden. The answer is obvious -- I haven’t seen a state yet say no to the P3 -- but what next? The next step is support!
If private equity comes in to pay for your PSBN deployment, and its long-term management, do you have to go to the State legislature and ask for a budget? If you don’t have to ask for a budget can you just execute on your own? My encouragement would be to tie in your legislature, as I am quite sure, there will be plenty of representatives who would want to tie themselves to such a patriotic task as performing public safety – especially given what happened during 9-11. Another important item is that a number of States are enacting the Public Private Partnership model as a rule of law; such as the State of Texas, Maryland and others. In some instances it is now a mandate for a State to entertain any Public Private Partnership as offered to a State.
Reference Texas State Law, Effective September 1, 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature enacted S.B.1048, entitled the Public and Private Facilities and Infrastructure Act,Chapter 2267, Texas Government Code.
In the end though, all a State really needs is a budget to build its RFP; project a recurring revenue stream to sell to private equity; advertise that RFP to the private equity market; and then entice those private equity players to respond.
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