Welcome to the PSBO
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has established the Public Safety Broadband Office to oversee and direct all Commonwealth planning and implementation activities associated with FirstNet.
This office will coordinate and collaborate with public safety entities, local and state officials, and other stakeholders in preparing the Commonwealth for participation with FirstNet in the building and deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
Initially envisioned by the 9/11 Commission and enacted by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent Federal authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that was established to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, wireless network dedicated to public safety. The envisioned National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will facilitate communications amongst first responders during emergencies and provide reliable, secure access for public safety users every day.
To begin the process of implementing the network nationally, the NTIA has issued initial grants through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP). Phase One of this grant program started in the fall of 2013 and focuses on education and outreach. Phase Two will focus on data collection and FirstNet requirements, including considerations specific to implementing the NPSBN in the Commonwealth. The PSBO will coordinate activities with the FirstNet regarding the creation of the NPSBN and its implementation in the Commonwealth. More