Verizon Supports a Reasonable Choice for Public Safety
The public safety community is in the midst of an important transformation in the way first responders choose their communications providers.
Verizon has always supported public safety. We believe ensuring public safety has access to reliable communications networks, as well as the most advanced products and services, is critical to keeping our communities safe. Just as importantly, first responders’ should have the right to choose who they partner with to provide those communications solutions.
We’ve proposed a network solution we believe will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace. Competition and choice are important to public safety because they drive innovation and competitive pricing, and give first responders the flexibility to choose the communications solutions that best meet their needs and the needs of their communities.
By building our own private network core dedicated to public safety users and providing them with enhanced priority services, including preemption, when they need it (at no charge), we can ensure our public safety customers have the opportunity to weigh all their options as they make their important communications network decisions.
The security we build into our commercial networks, combined with the inherent security advantages of our private core dedicated to public safety, will help protect first responders’ communications. The resulting multi-carrier environment would give first responders the ability to choose between the two largest national networks to achieve the best network reliability, greatest innovation, and best pricing for their communications services.
Verizon has been a leading provider of communications services to public safety for decades. We chose not to bid on the FirstNet RFP because it was essentially structured as a spectrum deal. We were not interested in commercializing FirstNet’s spectrum and we didn’t need extra network spectrum to build out our nationwide network.
That said, we never wavered in our desire and commitment to continue to support the majority of public safety agencies. If anything, this commitment has gotten stronger as we’ve met with our public safety clients and listened to their expectations of what they need from a communications provider going forward.
Our focus has always been on providing first responders with the best network and the most advanced products and services. We look forward to continuing to support public safety for many years to come.