Regional carriers urge FirstNet to 'maximize interoperability'


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First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) wants the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) that maximize interoperability of the network. The CCA made its stance known when it filed its comments with FirstNet. CCA also is urging FirstNet to provide states the opportunity to evaluate detailed FirstNet plan information in the opt-out process and to clarify key concepts set out in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, FirstNet's enabling legislation.

"I thank FirstNet for its continued engagement with CCA members and cannot stress enough the importance of maximizing interoperability within the NPSBN," said CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry. "If anyone understands the importance of interoperability within networks as well as public safety officials, it's CCA members. An interoperable network will greatly benefit local, state and federal public safety officials and consumers, especially during times of an emergency. To achieve this important goal, we encourage FirstNet to prescribe standards that apply to all network equipment and elements for use on the NPSBN."

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