On June 21, 2016 Jeff McLeod, Director of the National Governors Association (NGA) “Center for Best Practices, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division”, testified before a Senate subcommittee on FirstNet.
Part of his comments “States have identified potential obstacles and challenges surrounding the implementation of FirstNet around issues of coverage, cost and consultation. Governors will weigh these and other factors as they decide whether to opt in or opt out of FirstNet.”
Clearly, Governors and their staff have been briefed on FirstNet, to the point where their national association (NGA) felt that it was important they testify before the U.S. Senate.
I believe that there are numerous states where both the Governor and staff are not aware of the Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative, much less the State role and responsibilities.
I have personally heard stories from around the country where a proposed 9-1-1 service fee increase did not survive, mainly because it was viewed as a tax increase. Some states (New Mexico, for example- pocket veto by Governor Susana Martinez) have tried unsuccessfully to have legislation passed to receive 9-1-1 revenue from prepaid cell phones. As the consumer market shifts, and prepaid gains a larger share of the market, these revenues are simply lost, negatively affecting day-to-day 9-1-1 operations.
Here is the New Mexico Revenue chart.
If you include those states where 9-1-1 funds are simply ‘raided’ for other uses, it would seem that there is a need to educate and gain support of Governors and their staff
Individuals in the 9-1-1 community have a long list of skill sets, however we may now need to add additional training to be a certified ‘lobbyist’.