Friday, March 06, 2015
Bechtel pushes FirstNet for ‘public safety and border control’ in U.S.
This FirstNet Nationwide Network (FNN) Proposal and Presentation to the Board is generally consistent with the recommendations that Bechtel has made for the past 5–8 years in connection with various public safety and border control proposals including Integrated Wireless Network, Secure Border Initiative, and Morgan O'Brien’s US Public Safety Initiative in 2004. We have always believed that using the established carrier infrastructures (wireless, backhaul, and national fiber networks) will be the most cost-effective FNN approach. Bechtel has performed site acquisition and has built and upgraded more than 115,000 cell sites across the United States and has installed the associated wireline, microwave and fiber backhaul networks. Based on our experience, duplicating this effort for the FNN would be neither cost effective nor efficient.