Welcome to the PSBO
EOPSS established the PSBO to coordinate Commonwealth activities with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Congress established FirstNet in 2012 to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, wireless network dedicated to public safety. This National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will provide prioritized data communications to first responders during emergencies and reliable, secure access every day.
This year and next promise to be busy times for FirstNet activities in Massachusetts. In May, FirstNet received bids from nationwide vendors to implement the National Public Safety Broadband Network. FirstNet plans to complete its evaluation and select a contractor by November of this year. Shortly thereafter, FirstNet will present the PSBO and the Governor's Office with the details of its proposed plan for Massachusetts. This plan is expected to specify planned coverage, cost, supported devices, timelines, and other information critical to the implementation of the wireless data network here in the Commonwealth. Initial implementation of the network in Massachusetts could begin as early as 2017 and will be completed by 2022.
In addition to supporting the Governor's review of the FirstNet State Plan for Massachusetts, the PSBO will continue its outreach activities with first responders throughout the Commonwealth to help prepare for the implementation of the network in the coming years. More
FirstNet has provided a baseline map of where public safety coverage objectives are concentrated throughout the state. This is based on locations of population, buildings, roads, public safety officials, and critical infrastructure. To view the baseline coverage objectives across the state and in your community, use the Massachusetts FirstNet Baseline Coverage Objectives Map tool.
The History of FirstNet and the Public Safety Broadband Network
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by Congress in 2012 to establish a nationwide broadband network for public safety. The final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the network will connect police officers, firefighters and EMS providers like never before. This video provides a short history of the NPSBN and the creation of FirstNet. View more videos like this on our FirstNet Videos page.
Priority, Pre-emption, and Quality of Service Tutorial: LTE Basic Concepts
FirstNet and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) have coordinated to develop a two-part video tutorial to explain some of the key concepts regarding priority, pre-emption, and quality of service for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The first video focuses on the basic Long Term Evolution (LTE) concepts of these features. View more videos like this on our FirstNet Videos page.