Now that states have begun to opt-in to the FirstNet nationwide broadband public safety communications network, Verizon called on the FCC to spell out that states and business partners that choose to opt-out of FirstNet have the flexibility to build and operate their own Radio Access Networks. The FCC says those must be interoperable with the FirstNet system being built by AT&T.
Specifically, Verizon SVP Federal
Regulatory and Legal Affairs William Johnson says the flexibility, “must
include the state’s and its partners’ authority to build and operate
their own network core, which includes data centers and systems used to
interconnect users to each other and to other public networks, as long
as it is interoperable with FirstNet’s nationwide network,” in a letter
to the agency.
He says the FCC should clarify its
interoperability review of any state alternative plan will not be
limited to a state RAN that interconnects directly with the network core
built and operated by FirstNet and AT&T; and network
interoperability can be achieved “through alternative network
configurations, including core-to-core interconnection and mutual
automatic roaming arrangements that satisfy the Commission’s approved
interoperability criteria.” Continue Reading