First responders have needed affordable, wireless wideband data services for years now. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) signed into law this past year, promises to fulfill this unmet need. H.R. 3630 provides $135 million to support state and local government NPSBN planning and $7 billion for the newly established FirstNet organization to implement the network.

On February 6, 2013, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP). In order for public safety organizations to enjoy the benefits of SLIGP and meet the March 19, 2013 grant deadline, they must start the planning process immediately. The issues are complex encompassing operations, technology, economics, and governance. A trusted advisor is needed to assist with the grant application and implementation; an advisor that has the size, experience, and independence to be relied upon. Federal Engineering is that trusted advisor. FE has been involved in the largest public safety networks in America and we understand the complexities of endeavors such as the NPSBN. Since 1983, FE has been an advocate of first responders, supporting advancements in the communications networks they rely upon.

FE provides timely SLIGP support, FirstNet planning and broadband technical services in all required areas including:

  • Grant applications
  • User needs assessments
  • Infrastructure inventory and analyses
  • Data gathering and packaging
  • Strategic planning
  • Opt-in/Opt-out decision support
  • Financial and funding analyses
  • Grant application and management
  • Computer applications assessments
  • Network analysis and coverage modeling
  • LTE design and procurement
  • Program management
  • Implementation support
  • Outreach and consensus building
  • Governance planning
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With the advent of FirstNet, smart phones and other data devices will become the most powerful communications tools in public safety history.

FE is actively supporting the broadband needs of public safety organizations across the country:

  • FirstNet/SLIGP planning for several state governments
  • Computer modeling of large scale LTE networks for multiple state governments
  • LTE network analysis and design for major cities and counties
  • LTE procurement support for a multitude of government organizations

It is important for state and local users to “get ahead of the curve” and have their needs and assets documented now in order to provide the necessary inputs to grant process and subsequent SLIGP phases. To minimize your contracting burden, there are multiple state, local, and federal procurement vehicles available to secure the services of Federal Engineering without the burdensome and time consuming RFP process.

E-mail to begin your planning and ensure the broadband needs of your first responders will be met.