Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:00
Initial consultation meeting with FirstNet completed
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), under the State Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) coordinated the Guam Initial Consultation Meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). On October 22, 2015, over 60 public safety stakeholders from 30 Government of Guam and Federal agencies attended the initial consultation meeting to have a direct dialogue with the FirstNet to discuss wireless broadband communication needs, ask questions and learn more about FirstNet’s plans to implement a dedicated nationwide public safety broadband network for Guam.
To start the meeting, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio remarked that this is a milestone for Guam’s public safety community and that the contributions of today’s meeting will help design and build a network that is based on our public safety needs. He encouraged the participants to ask questions, share concerns and possible issues.
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network to resolve the communications challenges faced by emergency responders nationwide. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network will provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to communicate during an emergency.
FirstNet was established in February 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. FirstNet will develop the first high-speed wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety that will provide a single, nationwide network to facilitate communication for public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day. The planned network will be public safety grade, providing access to applications and coverage where public safety needs it most.
Two years ago, Guam joined the initiative through a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) supports all 56 States and Territories in planning, education, outreach, and consultation activities to work with FirstNet toward the initiation and deployment of the first nationwide public safety broadband network.
Presentation by FirstNet to Guam's public safety community participants.
Lt. Ray Tenorio opens the meeting with remarks.
Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brig Gen Johnny S. Lizama
FirstNet Consultation Meeting Team and Leigh Pereda, GHS/OCD Grant Program Coordinator (above)
Guam Public Safety Community participants learn more about Public Safety Broadband Network
and how it will help Guam. (below)