Last week, the FirstNet Board met and approved two important resolutions.  In Resolution 69, the Board approved final legal interpretation of key provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, including the definition of the term “rural.” In Resolution 70 FirstNet approved a national “Acquisition Approach” for deploying the network.  At the meeting, the Board noted that it expects partnerships to develop between major wireless carriers and rural telecommunications providers. Non-traditional rural providers were also encouraged to explore partnerships under this approach.