• FirstNet Update
  • October 6, 2017 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Representatives of AT&T and Verizon spoke to a Washington, DC meeting of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (“NPSTC”) on issues relating to FirstNet. AT&T addressed concerns over its prior statements at a Congressional Hearing about the definition of “public safety grade” for facilities to be used in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“NPSBN”) and its plans for buildout of Band 14. AT&T also voiced its concern about core-to-core interoperability based on security reasons. Verizon, which supports core-to-core interoperability, stated that any services it makes available to public safety are intended to be complementary to FirstNet and should not be viewed as competition. Finally, FirstNet denied a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) for disclosure of certain documents, including the contract between AT&T and FirstNet for construction and operation of the NPSBN. FirstNet contends that it is exempt from FOIA under the law creating FirstNet.