Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA and authorized it to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide public safety broadband network (PSBN) based on a single, national network architecture.
The FirstNet Board held its first public meeting on September 25, 2012, during which it heard a presentation from FirstNet Board member Craig Farrill that outlined a possible framework for designing the public safety network architecture in a manner that leverages existing resources and infrastructure, as is contemplated in the Act.
On behalf of the FirstNet Board, NTIA issued a NOI requesting public comment on these two conceptual presentations relating to network architecture and applications as well as to invite input on other network design and business plan considerations. Notice of Inquiry, 77 FR 60680 (Oct. 4, 2012). The NOI set a deadline for the submission of comments on November 1, 2012. Due to the severity of the impact from Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in a two-day closure of the Federal Government and forced the closure of many other government agencies and businesses across the East Coast, NTIA has received multiple requests asking for an extension of the comments deadline. In recognition of the need for impacted states to focus their attention and resources to address the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, NTIA announces that it is reopening the comment period and will accept comments responsive to the NOI until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, November 9, 2012. Comments received after the November 1, 2012, deadline until the publication of this notice reopening the comment period will also be accepted. This extension is warranted to ensure that FirstNet receives input on these conceptual presentations from all interested stakeholders to better inform its efforts to establish the interoperable public safety broadband network called for under the Act.