We are dedicated to ensuring emergency personnel have a secure and reliable way to communicate during a disaster.
The Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network (VAPSBN) team is comprised of the FirstNet State Point of Contact/Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Program Assistants, Advisors, and administrative staff.
Working alongside state, local, and federal partners, VAPSBN has spent the past three years conducting education, outreach, and data collection activities across the state in an effort to gain an understanding of Virginia’s unique public safety communications needs.
VAPSBN regularly engages with public safety communications working groups statewide. We encourage stakeholders to participate in their regional working groups to share ideas and evaluate current and future public safety communications needs and solutions.
Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee
The Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) is a multi disciplined advisory group instrumental in the defining and implementation of initiatives outlined in the States Communication (Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan). Membership consists of designated members from all disciplines of Public Safety.
Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee –Interoperability (RPAC-I)
Each Region across the Commonwealth has an established RPAC-I that meets quarterly in an effort to address region specific interoperability priorities. These committees are also instrumental in providing unique perspectives utilized for statewide interoperability decision making.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this keep up with technology?
The technology is tied to the “3GPP” specification used by cellular carriers today. This specification is refreshed every year to add features, address compatibility issues, and maintain current technology.
Is this network proprietary technology?
The legislation specifically prohibits proprietary technology. Manufacturers will conform to the 3GPP standard. The primary use of the network, however, will be limited to public safety users.
How will this compare to Verizon, AT&T or other carriers?
The service will be comparable to major carriers, but during an incident or crisis, only public safety users will have access to the spectrum, resulting in better communication capabilities for first responders and other public safety officials.
Will rural areas be covered?
FirstNet is required to provide ‘substantial’ coverage in rural areas.