Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett
was quoted in June 21, 2013 TRDaily
article on the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network. Speakers at a workshop sponsored by the Utilities Telecom Council said utilities would make natural partners in the development of such a network. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) estimates that 600,000 potential utility representatives could use the network.
Speaking at the workshop, Admiral Barnett said he was encouraged by FirstNet’s progress its in its work on a business model for the proposed network. “We have to have the model before other decisions can be made,” he said, adding that decisions made without a model “are invalid.”