Sunday, May 4, 2014

FirstNet, the State, and letting go of the past! How your own in-house telecom guy will be your problem!

One of the biggest issues a State will face in implementing it’s Myers Model™ Public Private Partnership could be its own staff. Having educated resources on your staff that know telecommunications could be one of your biggest stumbling blocks. Why? Allow me to explain.

If the State is initiating a Public Private Partnership, the priority of that business relationship is balancing needs, risk and advancements. Everyone gets to a point where they feel they have to do it themselves because know one else knows their pain.  The fact of the matter is that such viewpoints actually deprive the effort of forward movement. At some point we have to realize that we don’t have all the answers, plus, the old saying holds true, “you touch it you own it.” Essentially, owning it means you take on all the risk. How do you move this forward then?

At a point in a Public Private Partnership, weather being submissive to your part, or forcefully shown the answer, we all realize that the balance is what is more important. When you focus on the technology, how sexy it may be, you get drawn away from the need to balance the model. Technology is just the facilitator to your service needs. The technology doesn’t drive your business, it is a tool to accomplish what you need so that you can concentrate on your model. In this case the tool is LTE, microwave, fiber and supportive technologies.

In order to keep your eye on the “business requirements” people, and organizations, need to know where they play in the bigger picture. Anyone can commission a few technical “experts” and say they can do the technology themselves, when the fact is, by taking on that role they take on the risk, which means, if it succeeds you own it, but, it also means if it fails you own it. This has typically been the issue with past, large, complex, telecom jobs going in house. As I pointed out in my dissertation back in 2009, it is not wise to mix business models when it comes to telecoms. Whether it be a Public Safety entity, State government, or Utility, they all require the telecom tool to get their job done, the issue is that telecom needs it’s own business case in order to make it successful; it’s the best way to maximize your money and your investment. As we have witnessed in the past trying to get a Utility, or a Police Chief, to take on large-scale telecoms they had competing business needs. At what point does a Police Chief, realize that they either; need to be a telecom company; or be a Police Chief? This is where balancing needs and sharing telecommunication requirements becomes important.

Allow the organizations to focus on their traditional business roles, then establish the risk with the areas of their expertise. In the Public Safety Broadband Program, and utilizing the Myers Model™, this balancing of needs, risks, and the advancements, are all properly placed in their appropriate roles and responsibilities. The model means that a State, or Federal Agency, is not the best choice when designing, constructing and operating a broadband company at the State level. The model, specifically, allows the State to create a broadband company that is only focused on the needs of Public Safety. The main area of concern for a State Governor, and FirstNet, will be board control over that entity, and how much they are willing to give up to meet their broadband telecom needs. We are at the cusp of solving a lot of the State’s prior issues when it came to centralizing fiber optic projects, broadband access to rural and data consolidation and manipulation.

The Myers Model™ meets, 100%, of the requirements, as laid out in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act. In actuality, the model exceeds the requirements of the law to the advantage of the State and the Country.


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