WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement regarding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board appointments:
“The nation’s governors appreciate the FirstNet board appointments made today by the Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); however, governors are disappointed by the failure to provide states with adequate and appropriate representation by current state officials. Given the role governors and states will play in making the public safety network a reality, it is imperative that state perspectives and priorities are well-represented. Naming this board is a critical first step in implementing the nationwide broadband network, and governors strongly encourage FirstNet to consider additional opportunities for discussion directly with states.
“NGA advocated for the legislation that established FirstNet and also reallocated a portion of the spectrum (D block) that will be a cornerstone of making the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network a reality. Governors have played an active role in supporting implementation so that first responders can communicate and deliver life-saving and life-sustaining services to citizens.
“NGA looks forward to working with NTIA and FirstNet as we determine the best path forward to ensure the network’s success.”