Firstnet: Efforts to Establish the Public-Safety Broadband Network, Statement of Mark L. Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 792KB]

"FirstNet is charged with establishing a nationwide public -safety broadband network that is reliable, secure, and interoperable. To inform this work, FirstNet is consulting with a variety of stakeholders. In March 2017, FirstNet awarded a 25- year contract to AT&T to build, operate, and maintain the network. FirstNet's oversight of AT&T's performance is important given the scope of the network and the duration of the contract. This testimony provides information on (1) FirstNet's efforts to establish the network; (2) stakeholder views on network reliability, security, and interoperability challenges FirstNet faces and its efforts to address them; and (3) FirstNet's plans to oversee its network contract or. This statement is based on GAO's [Government Accountability Office] June 2017 report (GAO -17- 569 ). For this report, GAO reviewed FirstNet documentation, key contract oversight practices identified in federal regulations and other sources, tribal communication practices identified by federal agencies, and assessed FirstNet's efforts and plans against these practices. GAO also interviewed FirstNet officials and a nongeneralizable selection of public safety, tribal, and other stakeholders selected to obtain a variety of viewpoints. [...] In June 2017, GAO recommended that FirstNet fully explore tribal stakeholders' concerns and assess its long- term staffing needs. FirstNet agreed with GAO's recommendations and described action s to address them."

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