FirstNet needs support from state and local communities and financial viability to be successful, says Dennis Martinez, a top executive at Harris' RF division and a member of FirstNet's Technical Advisory Board. Martinez, who played a major role in crafting the interoperability requirements for the nationwide public-safety broadband network that FirstNet is overseeing, pointed to the enormous planning still required among commercial networks for the NPSBN to succeed. "Commercial networks do not have the ability to service the commercial needs of users, let alone the priority needs of public safety and first responders," he said.

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