FirstNet Seeking Comment on Public Safety Broadband Coverage Map


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Texas Public Safety Stakeholders,

As you may be aware, states and territories across the US are hard at work planning and gathering information to support the creation of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) for FirstNet. The Texas Public Safety Broadband Program (TxPSBP) spent the last year collecting feedback from Councils of Goverments, Tribal Nations, and first responder agencies around the state, particularly as it related to capacity planning for the NPSBN.

The next step is identifying the coverage areas needed for public safety broadband. As a starting point, FirstNet created a baseline coverage objectives map that each state and territory had the opportunity to refine. While we believe that the Texas coverage objectives are a good start, it is imperative that future end users review it to ensure that it meets their agency’s requirements. If the current plan does not include coverage where you feel it is needed, we need to hear from you.

TxPSBP has created an online map where agencies can view the current proposed coverage areas. For more information and for a link to the map, please visit http://txlte.com/coverage. To submit changes to the map, agencies can get contact information for their respective COG or Tribal representative using this link. The map tool will be available through August 31, 2016, but earlier submissions are preferable. We will also be working with each COG and Tribal Nation to schedule a regional Town Hall and a Coverage Workshop to collect local input. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Todd M. Early
Deputy Assistant Director
Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)
Texas Single Point of Contact to FirstNet
Texas Department of Public Safety
Law Enforcement Support Division
512-424-2121