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FirstNet: Priority Issues Likely Limited to Secondary Users

By Sarah Hagen

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is studying the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Its task is to understand the network’s capacity especially during times of disaster.

In an article from Urgent Communications, “FirstNet LTE   sites should provide enough bandwidth capacity to serve the needs of public safety users in almost all response scenarios,” per findings by PSAC.

The article shares insights from Barry Fraser, chairman of the PSAC task team charged with studying quality-of-service and priority/preemption implications for FirstNet. Fraser said, “The task team reached this conclusion after examining both day-to-day and disaster scenarios, in cooperation with technical experts from FirstNet and the  Public Safety Communications Research   (PSCR) program.

Hear more from Fraser and find the entire article here.

About FirstNet: The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of this network.



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