Meeting Topics

These meetings will include the most recent information about the activities of FirstNet and its efforts to implement the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) including:

  • What is FirstNet and the NPSBN?
  • What is Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and how is it envisioned to be used?
  • What are the challenges and considerations when planning the network’s implementation?
  • What is the status of FirstNet and how will it consult with Massachusetts?
  • What comes next?

These sessions are also intended to answer questions you may have about the public safety broadband initiative.  We invite you to raise questions, concerns, and recommendations for the implementation of the broadband network in your community.

About the Speakers

These meetings will be highlighted by presentations and question and answers with Undersecretary Curt Wood, the Commonwealth’s Single Point of Contact with FirstNet, and Bill Casey, FirstNet’s Northeast Region Liaison.

Curt Wood has served as the Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology since April 2011.  In that role, he has been charged with directing the development and implementation of the statewide justice information sharing strategy and coordinating the state's participation with FirstNet.  Prior to his appointment to EOPSS, Curt served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and as the Executive Director of the former Criminal History Systems Board.  While in these roles, he has held several national leadership roles, including representing Massachusetts at the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board (APB) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS).  He also serves as the Governor's appointment to SEARCH Inc., the national justice and information statistics organization.

On detail to FirstNet from the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE), Bill Casey is the FirstNet representative for the Northeast Region.  He is a former member of the technical committee of the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association and was active in the efforts to reallocate the 700 MHz D Block to public safety for the nationwide broadband network.  Bill is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, beginning his career as a police officer for the City of Boston and eventually serving as the deputy superintendent responsible for the procurement, maintenance and operation of the Boston Police Department’s information-technology and telecommunication units.

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