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Anna Gomez Comments on Implementation of FirstNet Public Safety Network

Urgent Communications
March 31, 2014

Anna M. Gomez, a partner in Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice, was quoted by Urgent Communications in an article published today about implementing FirstNet, the first nationwide public safety network.  Ms. Gomez was a featured panelist at last week’s International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas.

According to the article, once a state meets with FirstNet, the governor has 90 days to decide whether the state will opt in to the national system or create its own public safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.  If a governor opts out, the state has 180 days to decide on a vendor and present its own plan to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  If approved by the FCC, the plan is then submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for final approval.  Ms. Gomez estimated it would take up to a year for the FAA and NTIA to approve a proposal.

“If these very aggressive timelines are met, you would see the state move forward sometime in mid- to late-2017,” Ms. Gomez said during a March 26 panel discussion on FirstNet’s opt-in and opt-out ramifications.

Ms. Gomez served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at NTIA before joining Wiley Rein last year.

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