Guam Public Safety Broadband Network (Guam PSBN) is a program to prepare Guam for the design, deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), the nation's first dedicated high-speed wireless broadband network for public safety.
With $529,300 in initial federal funding from the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) allocated to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, efforts to increase education of the PSBN and collect the needs and requirements of the island’s first responder community are underway. The State Point of Contact for Guam is Bradley A. Hokanson who has been working with FirstNet to conduct outreach and move forward the program for Guam.
Public Safety is an essential and crucial issue for our local government leaders and facing challenges such as increased coverage in places where possible emergencies may occur and in village areas that have little or no communication reach, are just some of the issues that the Guam PSBN and FirstNet will tackle to make our island’s public safety entities more effective in their day-to-day jobs.
To that end, efforts are underway to:
- Conduct an outreach program that informs Guam’s first responders and other public safety stakeholders on the Guam Public Safety Broadband Network initiative, and gathers information on their specific communications challenges, coverage needs and user requirements
- Hold initial state consultation with FirstNet, scheduled for October 22, 2015
- Look for commonalities with public safety stakeholders in other island territories and State of Hawaii that might help the building of Guam’s network
- Inventory potential broadband assets on Guam, identifying broadband availability and required coverage areas; hardening, security and resiliency requirements, and priority and secondary users
- Continue FirstNet consultations