Even by February 2013, then-FirstNet Board Chair Sam Ginn was already feeling pressure to move more quickly, as evidenced by his statement after the group’s meeting that month:
“The FirstNet Board has been hard at work now for five months, laying the groundwork for what will be one of the largest telecommunications networks ever built,” Ginn said. “We understand the enormity of our task at hand, and the urgency to get it done as expeditiously as possible. But we want to get it right.”
That was more than three and a half years ago, and people across government, public safety, the wireless industry and the public are still asking why FirstNet is taking so long. The answer is almost as complex as FirstNet itself, but let’s take a look at some of the factors – and why there’s reason to hope.