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An Update on the Network Procurement

October 27, 2016

By FirstNet CEO Mike Poth

With November approaching, I wanted to update the public safety community on where we are in the process for awarding a contract for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”). While FirstNet is not able to discuss procurement specifics, I am pleased to report that we have made significant progress in the evaluation process and are moving closer to a contract award in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

IACP in Review: Law Enforcement Anticipation Builds for FirstNet Network

October 26, 2016

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

During my first few months as FirstNet’s Senior Law Enforcement Advisor, I have seen a renewed commitment to and excitement about the possibilities and promise of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) for the nation’s law enforcement personnel. The feedback we have received from organizations and individuals has been both encouraging and actionable as we continue to plan for deployment of the NPSBN.    

Dedicated Broadband Plays Key Role in Emergency Management

October 20, 2016

There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, says Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people – and growing – Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs.

Broadening Consultation in the Big Sky State

October 19, 2016

By Tracey Murdock, FirstNet Outreach and Consultation Lead - Region 8

“Does a nationwide network include us, too?” asked an emergency medical service responder from rural Montana.  The question came during a meeting earlier this month in Glasgow, MT, which is a small, rural town located in the Northeastern part of Montana.  Our consultation with the Big Sky State also brought us to the largest city in Montana – Billings, with a population near 115,000.

Delivering a Nationwide Broadband Network for Public Safety, by Public Safety

PSAC Member Association Profile: National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

October 12, 2016

This is the first in a series of blogs highlighting the associations of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

NASEMSO Passes Resolution in Support of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

October 11, 2016

Recently, the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) passed a resolution in support of FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth provides the following statement on the resolution:

Q&A with Brent Williams, FirstNet Senior EMS Advisor

October 6, 2016

In the early days of his career, FirstNet Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor Brent Williams was a paramedic working private EMS.  He was then accepted to work with the Ingham County Sheriff Department in Michigan as a police officer / paramedic.  For 11 years, Brent responded to emergencies as an officer with a stethoscope.

FirstNet: Driving Innovation & Maximizing Value for Public Safety

October 3, 2016

This blog is the latest in a series about 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is ensuring the development of the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe.

The Possibility of FirstNet for Public Safety’s Day-to-Day Business on the Street

September 29, 2016

By Lori Stone, FirstNet Region III Lead

FirstNet recently joined public safety agencies from the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads metro area to discuss what FirstNet is, how the agencies currently use data, what their mobile broadband needs are and how FirstNet will benefit them in the future.


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