Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FirstNet and Public Safety Broadband -- what is the RoadMap for getting through this Land Navigation Course?

"Perhaps the most important assumption in our models to date is the value of secondary use of our excess network capacity through covered leasing agreements. Focusing on and being successful in public-private arrangements to realize this value will be an important aspect in executing a sustainable business model." (D'Agostino, Mar 2014)

OK, now that we have heard FirstNet state they will be using the Public Private Partnership model we can really start to focus on implementing the model. Man, trying to sell the Public Private Partnership Model was like trying to treat a bad case of gonorrhea – you go in standing up and you come out laying down moaning like a dog. Not that I have a personal knowledge of such an experience, but onetime I was in the hospital on Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, I was in for a bruised kidney I received during a football game, but that young Airman that was in there with me, was all talkative until they rolled him into the surgery room. I’m convinced they torture those poor guys with the pain so they won’t play anymore where there not suppose to play. All I heard was a drill, like the ones in a Dentist office, then a whole lot of moaning from that Airman as they brought him out on a rollaway bed. I cringe just thinking about it.

Chairman Ginn threw me for a loop though. I thought I heard Chairman Ginn say “we are positioned now with a roadmap to get to a business plan”? This reminds me of land navigation exercises in the Army -- a whole lot of guys roaming freely through the dense brush of Ft Benning trying to find a few locations on a map. Anyone who has done landnav courses understands you can’t survive without a compass, protractor and map. What I envisioned Chairman Ginn just said was that we just found our map and it says north is this way; we’re still looking for our compass and haven’t a clue as to what a protractor is. To add to the pressure the landnav exercise has been underway for two years now – visions of being a little late came to mind.

Me personally, I was always one of the first to get all the points… correctly. I loved landnav, and anyone that has done it knows that I must be very strange to state such a thing. I would run to get all my points completed, then shelter somewhere above the encampment before I would hand in my results. I did this so that I could get some shuteye or relaxation. Night maneuvers were even better, unless the instructors were carrying their night vision and/or thermal binoculars, but I digress.

It was a tremendous relief to hear GM D’Agostino convey “the roadmap” on the call. Finally FirstNet realizes that the model of execution has to be built using a Public Private Partnership model. A word of caution, don’t get caught up in the mindset that you have to please everyone right out of the gate when it comes to things like satellite, mobility and other business models. We need to concentrate on the build-out of LTE first and do so by focusing on the template of one business model, else you risk further confusion and non-alignment. Afterwards we can discuss the satellite, mobility and application necessities. Much easier to design around what you know you have in place by using a fixed template of a design (with a few modifications) and a limited target base.

As for your direct needs to gain knowledge on the implementation of the public private partnership scenarios, I have produced plenty of material to render a high-level concept of how these things work, but they are too extensive and complex to undertake without some type of training or certification. You don’t want to execute such a model without full knowledge; else you risk the financial and execution success of your state program. 

Public Private Partnership can be very successful, but they can also be very detrimental to the States, and FirstNet’s, financial stability if they are employed incorrectly. With that in mind I‘ve been working with a small group of entrepreneurs to build a training and certification process that will enable the education and training of consultants, or State employees, on the use of the Myers Model™. This newly formed company has a large University Advisory Panel that instructs on the use and implementation of such strategies. From there you can implement the model on your own, or you can also have this firm “consult to the consultants”, by engaging them to help your team in implementing the model statewide, or nationwide.  

Each State will have the same framework of executing the Myers Model™, but all of the projects will be modified to meet their own demands and user base.

If you want more info please let me know, but remember I’m….

Just some guy and a blog…

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