Thursday, July 17, 2014

FirstNet -- lead, follow, or get out of the way. Don't let those that know act on the fears of those that don't understand.

Has the shift started to happen? That is, has the focus on FirstNet started to shift toward the States? It would be a naturalistic turn of events given that the closer we get to that faithful old quote of “you either need to lead, follow, or get out of the way” – a very familiar phrase to those of us who spent time in the military. The closer we get to the notion that we actually need to start executing something, and stop flabbergasting our way through the minutia, we realize the execution means fiber, microwave and access edge construction – physical construction. Let the States start issuing RFPs and then let the Governors and their staff decide what is best for the State. Let the better business model win.

If that is indeed the case, and the shift has started, then FirstNet has a much bigger problem ahead, that is fighting the lack of confidence from the States in its ability to get anything done. FirstNet should work with one State and implement the process advertising an RFP for the business model and its implementation. What better way to understand the best course than to actually start the journey?

In the end all we can do is submit the strategy and see what’s comes of it. There are those that will steadfast in their ways and will be unrelenting in protecting their share of the turf, but in reality all they are doing is going down with a fight, which in the end is just bad for Public Safety and not good for the legacy they leave behind.

Building a wireline and wireless network is nothing new. There will be those that try to convolute the message just to convey “how complex the solution is”, when in reality its just another fiber, microwave and access edge network. But, it is anticipated that there will be those who have their own agenda of aligning to the cash – believe me when I say -- this network will make a lot of cash and there are those that know this. What better way than to cloud the message with perceived complexity, in order to advance your own cause, in essence, acting on fear. In reality fear is just something we make up for something that may never happen; but there are those that use fear as a tool to get the less informed to do what they want. In the end it’s just something we make up in our own mind. I can guarantee that we will make mistakes, but have faith that this is nothing new and should be viewed as so. You don’t see me not getting on an airplane simply because I don’t know how to fly it, just get on, sit down, and let the pilots take charge; after all, they have been doing it for years.

There is nothing wrong with the drive towards cash; after all it’s what got us here in the first place. The strategy of how we get to that cash just needs to be led with the ethical position of building it for Public Safety and not for some corporate framework to continue a dying business. With this in mind I am not against any model that will help build the Public Safety Broadband Network. I am one of those pilots who have been flying the plane for many years. If you want me to get you where you need to go, then eventually you need to let me fly, and you need to sit back and relax.

The States are not idiots, if you aren’t in bed by 11pm - come home. The fact is we need to execute now, or a network that should be completed in a State in 24 months will take 24 years -- if you run the numbers that’s a lot of catastrophic events that could be expected in that timeframe (or a long time sitting on the tarmac). If the network is just another network then why wait? Just move forward with the RFP and procurement strategy, but it has to be a strategy that addresses the requirements in the Jobs Creation Act, just like a pilot needs to follow his rules of piloting. There is only one model that will achieve that – The Myers Model™, but who am I other than…

Just some guy and a blog….

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