Friday, January 8, 2016

FirstNet - Take a lesson from Donald Trump...Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

Have you been wondering why Donald Trump is doing so well in all the polls? There’s a lesson here for FirstNet – everyone actually.

Mr Trump is not a politician and doesn’t follow the traditional way of how politics is run. He goes right for the juggler when he notices something that he feels is just asinine. How can he do this? Its quite simply, he is educated, experienced and knowledgeable about how things can be fixed in the country without being held back by any political message and political alignment – he simply doesn’t care about the political way of doing business and avoids it like the plague. He sees the political machine as the primary reason we’re facing the issues we have in the country today. In essence, he says it like he sees it. He administers a solution without the restrictions of politics. It really is that simple.

FirstNet is in itself one of those fostered government solutions by the same political quagmire. I’m not saying that there aren’t some good people trying to do some good things, but in short, these people are so deeply entrenched into the political landscape that they can’t see a way out of their situation – they have become that beaten, shivering, wet dog in the corner. If anybody talks to loudly, they start to scour the impact of retribution. My advice, take a Trump moment and forget about all the political players, organizations and solutions that mandate how you need to do business. I’ve said this before, forget about the politics and act like an entrepreneur. Don’t be worried about what people think, or what they might say and do, just do what you know is right. Stop worrying about trying to appease everyone and just focus on a solution that will work. Listen to your experts (like me) and make it simplistic – why overcomplicate things – its really not rocket science. Maybe you should take a step back and re-evaluate the people you have around you.

As you may have noticed, since the beginning of my blog, I’m a take no prisoner kind of guy. If I know and see the solution that needs to be had, then I will let you know – I will let everyone know. I’m not afraid of what people might think. I spent 10 years developing a solution that FirstNet can use to build the entire Public Safety Broadband Network – a solution I know will work – a fully funded and beneficial solution for all. But do I get any kudos or reciprocity in the solution? Nope, all I get is silence. This has been FirstNet’s problem since the beginning. FirstNet is so focused on a carrier solution they can’t get away from it now. What better way for me to breakdown the walls of communications than being blatant in my writings -- somebody has to be listening. I’m a Trumpster in my own way -- which by the way I was doing long before Donald Trump starting running for the Presidency. 

The fact of the matter is that FirstNet will have a difficult ride going forward. If I were running the show we would have been long along our way in building this network. But, due to the players being hammered by the political machine, we have wasted three years since the signing of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012. How many people could have been saved during that time? How many police actions would have been tracked and managed on a scale of interoperability never seen before? How many lives would have been saved? While FirstNet was out listening to the world and catering to the carriers, we lost precious time, time we can never get back. A saying comes to mind “lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”. The fact is I, personally, have been evangelizing a solution from the start, yet the FirstNet leadership just blew everything off. I was more of a nuisance than a solution to them. Now my public private partnership model is being considered in many states without the coordination of FirstNet. The political machine defines a solution as one coming from their own fruition and under their own control – how could a solution come from just one lonely little citizen – why would he think he can change the world?  Oh, I don’t know, why don’t we ask Emerson, Einstein, Steve Jobs or maybe Jesus?

What’s really funny about this whole thing is that FirstNet is still taking the bait and can’t even see the cliff before them. It’s really sad actually. There are a lot of good people trying to do good things, but unfortunately they were blinded by all the non-action going on. Is there a solution? Yes, there is still a solution, but FirstNet needs to get out of the way and let the States handle this. FirstNet missed it chance to direct this ship on the right course it’s time to let the real pros drive now.

But who am I other than….

Just some guy and a blog…


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