Why would the governor of a State refuse an offer from the Federal government to build a statewide wireless network supporting public safety responders? Cities, counties and states have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build their own two-way radio networks to dispatch firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, transportation, transit, public utilities and other responders. Now the Federal government plans to deploy a nationwide cellular network for such responders, called FirstNet, so their smart phones, mobile computers and other devices have connectivity.
Yet some Governor’s may “opt out” of allowing such a network to be built in their states. In this blog post I advance some of my theories as to why that might happen, and the chances of a State’s success in building its own cellular network. Read the entire post here.