The process of developing the NPSBN is organized into three major phases: design, deployment and operation. To build the nationwide network, all states must have a local radio access network (RAN) that connects to the NPSBN core. Currently FirstNet and the states, including Maine, are participating in planning and outreach activities preliminary to each state's network deployment plan and the core network design. Once planning is completed nationwide, anticipated by mid-2018, FirstNet will move forward with the deployment phase.