Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FirstNet -- NPSTC Public Safety Grade Report for the Public Safety standpoint.

Just read an interesting article entitled, “NPSTC releases document describing ‘public-safety-grade’ requirements for FirstNet” by Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications dated May 27, 2014. What’s so interesting is that the NPSTC (National Public Safety Technology Council) may be cutting their network-hardening short by not including all its users. Then again it is the NPSTC which really is suppose to only cover Public Safety concerns, so that is understandable, but the report does go into some handy information. 

We must remember that to achieve the hardening specifications, holistically, we must not forget all of the users in that they will bring hardening, bandwidth characteristics, that drive initial deployment and future upgrade specifications, plus the coverage aspects that will be dictated by user requirements. Meeting the needs of Public Safety is one thing, but Public Safety may not have the hardening characteristics that a Utility, or Forestry Agency, will have out in the middle of the most rural areas. You need to balance all the needs to achieve, not only the specifications required, but also the cost aspects of building in the areas that may not be economically feasible to Public Safety, but are just right for a combined need of Public Safety, Utilities, Agriculture and Forestry (as an example).  

One of the important factors of a Public private Partnership (The Myers Model™) is it essential characteristic to balance the needs of all Users in the network. The NPSTC report illustrates a one-sided view and by not highlighting the fact that “other users” will also have requirements gives the market the idea that this can’t be done, which is not true. In fact, the national build-out can be done, if, FirstNet, or the State through its SLIGP arrangement, can accumulate all of the State’s organizational entities, and their assets, as a means to highlight the needed specifications. That collection process will, or should, include a cost model analysis of broadband needs of each and every entity, as well as a projected recurring revenue stream. All of the variables will provide a balanced approach to user needs and projected payments for service. You will only find the answer to this in the Myers Model™.



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