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FirstNet: Building the Nation's Dedicated, Advanced Public Safety Communications Network

February 23, 2017

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most.

FirstNet Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 Marked Significant Achievements in Making Network a Reality for Public Safety

February 22, 2017

Over the last fiscal year, FirstNet accomplished many major milestones, with the most significant being the gains made in the acquisition process for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband

February 16, 2017

This is a repost from the National League of Cities website.  

The term “Smart Cities” is a popular topic in today’s urban jurisdictions – but what is a Smart City? A Smart City has technological infrastructure which collects, aggregates and analyzes real-time data which it uses to improve the lives of its residents according to the National League of Cities, report “Trends in Smart City Development”.

Law Enforcement Comes Together in our Nation’s Capital for Winter Meetings

February 14, 2017

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

Last week concluded sequential winter legislative meetings of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), bringing together the nation’s law enforcement leaders for this annual event in Washington, D.C. The week of meetings also showcased briefings from leadership from the new Administration, which used the opportunity to emphasize its support to American law enforcement and public safety.

FirstNet Officials Meet With EMS Medical Directors at NAEMSP Conference

First Responders Need Reliability of FirstNet Network, Los Angeles Sheriff Says

February 6, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief Scott Edson talks about the need for an LTE broadband network that gives priority to first responders.

PSAC Profile: National Sheriffs’ Association

February 3, 2017

Law enforcement officers, fire service members, and EMS personnel – who are on the front lines protecting their communities every day – will have the opportunity to access and use the FirstNet network once operational. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the key groups that represents law enforcement personnel.

State Plans Consultation is a Top Priority for 2017

February 1, 2017

By Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation

With a new year in full swing, FirstNet is focusing its consultation program around one of our top priorities for 2017:  the successful development and delivery of State Plans. Our goal is to deliver and discuss State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of each State and Territory for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

State Planning, Preparation for FirstNet on the Rise as We Look Toward 2017

January 30, 2017

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice Chair

This blog is a repost from the International Association of Fire Chiefs' January 2017 issue of On Scene

As we look back on the past year, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is pleased by the many accomplishments we achieved in 2016. We’ve taken many important steps forward in our efforts to deploy a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) and put life-saving technology into the hands of first responders. And we look forward to the work we’ve put in over the last 12 months paying dividends in 2017, as we move into implementation mode with the network.

FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab Blog Series: Testing Coverage Reliability

January 26, 2017

How often do you think about how your smart phone or tablet maintains its signal? What about in mobile situations, such as being in a vehicle traveling through a mix of rural and urban areas? While most people notice when a call gets dropped or data doesn’t go through, it’s probably not something most think about until it affects them. For most users, a lost signal or connection is a temporary annoyance. However, for FirstNet’s future users – law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics and other emergency personnel who are always on the go – having a reliable connection is critical.

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