Sets forth authority for the Corporation to hold hearings, obtain grants and funds, make contracts, accept gifts, issue notes or bonds in private markets, incur indebtedness, spend funds for public safety communications, establish reserve accounts, and exercise other corporate powers.
Requires the Corporation to hold the single public safety wireless license established by this Act and to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide public safety interoperable broadband network in consultation with federal, state, tribal, and local public safety entities, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the FCC, and the public safety advisory committee.
Directs the Corporation, at a minimum, to:
(1) ensure nationwide standards for use and access of the network;
(2) issue open, transparent, and competitive requests for proposals to private sector entities;
(3) encourage such requests to leverage existing commercial wireless infrastructure; and
(4) manage and oversee the implementation and execution of contracts or agreements with nonfederal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network.
Requires the Corporation to:
(1) ensure the safety, security, and resiliency of the network, including requirements for protecting and monitoring the network to protect against cyberattack;
(2) promote competition in the equipment market by requiring that network devices be built to open, non-proprietary, commercially available standards, capable of being used by any public safety entity and by multiple vendors across all public safety broadband networks operating in the 700 MHz band, and backward-compatible with existing commercial networks; and
(3) promote integration of the network with public safety answering points or their equivalent.
Requires substantial rural coverage milestones as part of each construction and deployment phase, including partnerships with existing commercial mobile providers to utilize cost-effective opportunities to speed deployment in rural areas.
Authorizes the Corporation to obtain grants, make contracts, and receive payment for use of the Corporation’s network capacity and infrastructure.
Directs the Corporation to develop:
(1) requests for proposals, including service levels and coverage areas;
(2) technical and operational requirements;
(3) network management and operation standards;
(4) terms of service and billing practices; and
(5) compliance review and monitoring of operating entity practices, personnel, and training.
Requires the Corporation to consult with regional, state, tribal, and local jurisdictions regarding the distribution and expenditure of any amounts required to carry out such requirements, including tower placement, coverage areas, security, and priority of access to local users and other entities.
Directs the Corporation to negotiate roaming agreements with commercial network providers to allow the nationwide public safety interoperable broadband network to roam onto commercial networks and gain prioritization of public safety communications over such networks in times of emergency.
Requires NIST to:
(1) ensure development of a list of certified devices and components meeting appropriate protocols and standards for public safety entities and commercial vendors, and
(2) represent the interests of public safety users before any standards-setting organization regarding the development of interoperability standards.
Prohibits the Corporation from negotiating or entering agreements with a foreign government on behalf of the United States.