Education

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) created FirstNet and provided the blueprint for its mission to build, operate, and maintain the NPSBN.  The Act also requires FirstNet to consult with regional, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to ensure that the NPSBN is designed to meet public safety’s needs.  In Michigan, planning and outreach efforts with FirstNet have already begun.  Throughout 2015-2016, Michigan’s Public Safety Broadband (MiPSB) Team hosted a series of educational programs; conducted comprehensive data collection surveys to determine stakeholder needs, identify how public safety currently uses wireless networks and barriers to adoption; and performed a county-by-county coverage review analysis.  Those results were submitted to FirstNet to ensure the network is built to meet the needs and expectations of Michigan’s public safety community.