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Textron Systems Convenes Leading Voices to Discuss What It Will Take To Build A Successful Public Safety Broadband Network

Date: 2013-02-19
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Roundtable included telecommunication industry leaders like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Harris Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, as well as representatives from tribal communities, law enforcement and state and local governments

On January 28th, 2013, Textron Systems convened 25 panelists and 80 participants for a robust conversation about the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and what it will take for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which has oversight over the development of the PSBN, to deliver a network that will achieve the goal set out by the 9/11 Commission. In 2012, acting on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, Congress authorized the development of a national, interoperable public safety broadband network to better serve emergency responders and protect the public.

“Textron’s purpose in bringing together this diverse group of stakeholders was to engage in a real-time, solutions-oriented dialogue that will provide feedback to the government on how best to build out a PSBN that will truly and effectively serve the needs of our first responders and ultimately, the American people,” said Don Hairston, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Textron Systems. “With sheriffs, network operators, tribal representatives and equipment manufacturers all at the same table, discussing the needs, capabilities, requirements and challenges of building a network that works – we hope today’s roundtable and the ensuing conversations will bring FirstNet one step closer to a successful PSBN.”

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Broad themes discussed throughout the three-hour roundtable ranged from technical requirements to pilot programs to the need for a program manager to crowd-sourcing user requirements. While consensus was not the ultimate goal of the roundtable, consensus did emerge around a few key themes, including: 1) the importance of more aggressively engaging first responders in the development of the network; 2) creating enhanced and more frequent opportunities for two-way dialogue with FirstNet and key stakeholders; and 3) the critical role that public-private partnerships in varied forms will play in building out and sustaining the PSBN.

Textron Systems has convened a series of three “War Games” previous to this roundtable to map out challenges, opportunities and solutions for FirstNet as it builds out the PSBN. The results of those War Games as well as a host of other resources and materials regarding the PSBN can be found at:, a microsite Textron created as a public resource on this issue. A full report from the’s roundtable, which will be submitted to FirstNet, will be made available on the microsite.

Textron reports that another Roundtable will be scheduled for March 28.

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