Statement of FirstNet Board Member Jeffrey Johnson Following February Board Meeting
“The FirstNet Board understands that this network cannot be built without the critical input of the public safety community and states, tribes and regional groups. As a representative of that community, I’m committed to ensuring that these voices are heard as FirstNet develops plans for this nationwide public safety network. We’ve already begun our outreach to these stakeholders, but we’re just getting started. Please be patient because there’s much more to come. Over the next few months we’ll be ramping up our efforts, embarking on a listening tour to solicit input from all of our stakeholders on how the network is designed, built and utilized.
“One important venue for our collaboration will be through our Public Safety Advisory Committee. Also, just last week NTIA announced the roll out of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program, which will support many critical consultation activities within the states. We look forward to this ongoing dialogue in the coming months.”