• FirstNet SPOC Meeting
  • July 7, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • FirstNet and AT&T held a “kick-off” meeting in Dallas last week to discuss the upcoming rollout of state plans with state points of contact (SPOCs). Rural coverage, pricing, user priorities, infrastructure, deployables and terms of use conditions for states to gain access to initial plans from FirstNet were among the many issues addressed in discussions between the FirstNet/AT&T team and the states. The FCC is expected to issue final rules on evaluating alternative state plans prior to FirstNet’s release of final state plans, and the NTIA is developing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for states seeking to have their alternate plan approved. No state has committed to an alternative radio access network (“RAN”), but a number of states have released RFPs looking for a partner to develop and implement such a plan to increase public safety coverage within their respective states. These states are positioning themselves to make a reasoned choice between the FirstNet/AT&T coverage plan and an alternative RAN plan.