By coincidence, I just finished a report for graduate school on FirstNet.
FirstNet was legislated in 2012 as one of the last items recommended by the 9/11 Commission Report. Its purpose is to allow interoperability between departments and jurisdictions.
Interoperability has been a huge problem during any major disaster. Most often, first responders default to their cell phones to communicate with other departments.
“The officer carries a radio on his belt but he might as well be wearing a brick,” said Robert Morris, Vice President, New York Port Authority PBA, in describing where some devices work so poorly in locations that officers are instead using their personal cell phones to communicate with each other. “We have front line, rank and file troops unable to communicate. This is nearly a decade after 9/11 and the same ‘bugs’ in our communications systems that cost lives still exist.” (Gadiel & Dunleavy, 2011).
Each state has the option of allowing FirstNet (the Feds) to install the network, or apply for a grant to do it themselves. It will use the 700MHz LTE network for both voice and data (FRNA, 2015). As such, I suppose it could carry IP video as well.
First Responder Network Authority. (2015). About FirstNet. Retrieved from http://www.firstnet.gov/about
Gadiel, P., & Dunleavy, P. (2011, September 7). Family Security Matters. Retrieved from http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.10324/pub_detail.asp
Sounds like it was passed like most federal legislation, as an unfunded
No one could believe, and least of all any experienced public safety agency
officials who are used to million dollar LMR (Land Mobile Radios) infrastructure
and the associated costs that come along with it, that $7,000,000,000 can
even approachfunding for a new 4G LTE nationwide interoperable network
infrastructure. Not to mention the deployment of how many "smartphones"
and thesoftware/apps that must accompany such a deployment.
Oh, and has anyone talked about support, maintenance and other
ancillary costs that will be charged to each public safety agency?
Oh, again, and how long has this been in the planning stage now?
I should have said report, not paper. I have edited my OP.
"How can communications interoperability contribute interagency cooperation (not just concerning radio communication, but information exchange as well)? Provide examples from the course and your own research regarding both the US domestic setting and US international relations with foreign partners. Overall, which factors are most important for making interagency cooperation function well among partners working in areas related to homeland security? Provide examples from the course and your own research regarding the US domestic setting and international environments (e.g., in Europe, North America and transatlantic relations)."
Welcome to my life lately.