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FirstNet’s TJ Kennedy: A Passion for Public Safety

January 23, 2015

This article originally appeared in Rural Telecom, January/February 2015.
By Christian Hamaker
TJ Kennedy has a long history with public safety, but it’s the future of public safety that gives his work focus today. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)—the group charged with establishing the first nationwide public safety broadband network—combines the focused intensity of an emergency front-line first responder with the coordination skills of an Olympics organizer and the polish of a pitchman and seasoned advocate.

FirstNet Holds Federal Consultation “Kick Off”

January 22, 2015

By Chris Algiere, FirstNet Federal Outreach Branch Chief
Yesterday, FirstNet formally initiated the federal consultation process with a “kick-off” meeting in Washington, D.C., involving more than a dozen federal departments and agencies.

FirstNet January 2015 Quarterly SPOC Webinar

January 20, 2015

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Outreach Director
On January 8, FirstNet held its quarterly webinar with the state single points of contact (SPOC), providing organizational and project updates to approximately 90 state and territory team members, covering nearly 40 states and territories.

FirstNet to Bring the Power of Advanced Mobile Technologies to Law Enforcement

January 16, 2015

Reprinted from Police Chief Magazine, vol. 82, no. 1, pages 48-50, 2015. Copyright held by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Inc., 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314. Further reproduction without express permission from IACP is strictly prohibited.
By TJ Kennedy, Acting Executive Director
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to empower the United States’ first responders with stateof-the-art communications tools, including a nationwide interoperable, wireless network. This network will be established in all 50 states, the 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

On the Road: NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

January 15, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak before more than 300 independent, community-based telecommunications professionals attending the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association’s Wireless Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Nevada

January 14, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
More than 65 representatives from local, state, and tribal public safety and communications entities gathered at the Nevada State Capitol Building in Carson City, NV on January 7, to learn more about FirstNet and exchange ideas on the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (“NPSBN”) in the state. The meeting got off to a great start when Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee Co-Chair Jim Wright and state single point of contact (“SPOC”) Chris Smith opened the Initial Consultation Meeting by affirming Nevada’s commitment to the NPSBN.

SPOC Spotlight: Iowa SPOC Thomas Lampe

January 13, 2015

Iowa single point of contact (SPOC) Thomas T. Lampe is a career law enforcement officer who is currently the Interoperability Officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Chairman of the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB). He tells FirstNet that he’s using his extensive first responder background – including 27 years as a state patrol officer – and governance experience to coordinate and engage with the state’s public safety community to plan for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) in Iowa.

Developing Applications to Enhance Law Enforcement Operations

January 9, 2015

To commemorate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, FirstNet presents a blog on the efforts by a California law enforcement officer to develop applications “by officers for officers”.
Southern California Police Officer Jason Coillot is using his background in helicopter patrol and street patrol experience to develop mobile applications “by officers for officers.” He got his start several years ago when he came up with the concept for a Vehicle Identification System (V.I.S. – The Patrolman's Vehicle Guide), which he then developed into a reference tool app. The V.I.S. provides an extensive image database for viewing or identifying a suspect’s vehicle that can be downloaded and used by individual officers, or licensed for use in patrol cars with the goal of making investigations faster and more efficient.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to be Held This Friday

January 8, 2015

Today's blog is a repost from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
On January 9th, 2015, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will join other law enforcement organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of the recent negativity directed toward the law enforcement community, citizens are encouraged to show law enforcement officers that they recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to all.

Building Partnerships and a Dedicated Team, Driven by our Mission

January 6, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
Partnerships. Plans. People. These are the essential components for success in both public and private sector organizations. At the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we realize this, and continue to focus on these key areas as part of our mission to ensure the deployment of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

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