• FirstNet Update
  • October 6, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The Commission issued an Order establishing the two-prong review process for state plans for states that choose to opt-out of FirstNet. The Order specifically addresses “Prong 2,” which pertains to interoperability. The Commission concluded that Prong 2 should be limited to Recommended Requirements [4] and [5] of the Interoperability Board report, which apply to the use of Access Point Names (“APNs”). In the Order, the Commission stated “we anticipate that there are a variety of commercially standard and reasonable ways that a state alternative plan could satisfactorily demonstrate that it will meet the interoperability standard established for Prong 2.” The Commission declined to address the issue of whether states may operate a separate core, and left it to FirstNet or NTIA to determine.