Rockefeller Still Confident in FirstNet Leadership

In the wake of an Inspector General's report that found some problems with the Commerce Department's oversight of the board administering FirstNet, the interoperable broadband network, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said that it should be a caution to FirstNet, but there still needed to be a "careful balance" of "the need for both effective government oversight and the autonomy necessary to launch a first of its kind nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders."

“I am pleased the exhaustive investigation by the Inspector General is complete. FirstNet can take these lessons learned and move forward," the senator said in a statement. "I continue to trust that FirstNet is in good hands, both with the Board and its executive leadership team, and I am confident that they will make sure to carefully abide by all applicable rules and regulations going forward. In fact, I understand that FirstNet has already taken steps to remedy many of the problems documented by the Inspector General. It’s now time to refocus on making FirstNet operational as soon as possible so that first responders nationwide can utilize it in their critical mission of saving lives.”

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.