The FCBA Engineering and Technical Practice Committee will sponsor a CLE on Thursday, May 18, from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. entitled “FirstNet: Developments, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.” This program will be held at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, NW, Washington, DC.
On March 30, 2017, the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. This new public-private partnership represents a major step in the development of a robust public safety communications infrastructure, using 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum to help millions of first responders operate faster, safer and more effectively, while also making excess capacity available to supplement commercial broadband systems. The Department of Commerce has also stated that it expects this effort to create 10,000 jobs in the first two years of the contract alone. The FirstNet system is expected to achieve unprecedented coverage, reliability, and interoperability while also coexisting with state-deployed public safety communications systems. As the rubber meets the road, what technical, legal, and policy challenges must be addressed?
6:00 – 6:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:05 – 7:05 p.m. Panel 1: Technical Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Public Safety Broadband Network
Avonne Bell, Associate, Kelly Drye & Warren LLP·
Jeff Bratcher, CTO, FirstNet
Mike Lewis, Regulatory Engineer, DLA Piper
Morgan Reed, President, ACT | The App Association
Trey Forgety, Director of Government Affairs, NENA
7:05 – 7:15 p.m. Break
7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Panel 2: Legal and Policy Issues for Public Safety Broadband Network
Anna Gomez, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Jason Karp, Chief Counsel, FirstNet
Stephanie Baldanzi, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel for Law and Policy, APCO