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iCERT-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Ed Parkinson, FirstNet Director of Government Affairs
Today I had the opportunity to speak at the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT)-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase. The event brought together industry experts and government leaders in emergency communications.

FirstNet: Deploying a Resilient Broadband Network for the Nation’s First Responders

Monday, July 21, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting General Manager
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent entity within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, was established by Congress to develop a nationwide broadband network for the millions of first responders whose mission requires them to be resilient every time they are called to duty. Whether they are responding to day-to-day emergencies – such as traffic accidents – or large-scale disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, the nation’s firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical services are critical to ensuring our safety and security during all types of hazards.

SPOC Spotlight: New Hampshire Takes Key Next Steps for Planning, Governance

Friday, July 18, 2014

In the latest SPOC Spotlight Feature, New Hampshire’s John Stevens talks to FirstNet about how the state is leveraging its interoperability governance structure to coordinate planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

On the Road: California’s First Town Hall on Public Safety Broadband Communications

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to provide an update on FirstNet during California’s first town hall dedicated to public safety wireless broadband communications. Hosted by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the event brought together nearly 100 public safety professionals from across the state to hear a range of viewpoints and interests about the future of first responder communications and the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

State Spotlight: How the FirstNet Model May Already Exist in Illinois

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cross-posted with permission from the DHS Office of Emergency Communications SWIC newsletter, today's State Spotlight is a guest post by Joe Galvin, who is the Illinois Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC). Joe talks about the state's business model for emergency communications and how it may be leveraged for planning of the nationwide public safety broadband network. For more information about the state's FirstNet activities visit the Illinois Emergency Management Agency webpage.

World Police and Fire Games Sports Extravaganza

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hundreds of first responders and members of the public attended yesterday’s 2015 World Police and Fire Games Sports Extravaganza at Reston Town Center, Va – including the FirstNet team. The event was a preview of the type of events that will be held at next summer’s World Police and Fire Games, which will be held in Fairfax County, Va. The Games are a biennial sporting event open to first responders from around the world to showcase their athletic abilities in Olympic style competitions.

SPOC Spotlight: I’m Helping to Put Public Safety on the Moon

Friday, July 11, 2014

In a guest blog post, Bill Schrier, Washington State Single Point of Contact (SPOC), talks about how the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform emergency communications. “We are engaged in the 2010’s equivalent of the 1960’s moon-landing effort.”

FirstNet July SPOC Quarterly Webinar

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting General Manager
Yesterday, FirstNet held its third quarterly webinar for all 56 state Single Points of Contacts (SPOC). The discussion provided opportunities for FirstNet leadership and the SPOCs to exchange information on a host of developments – such as the status of the states’ checklists and the upcoming state consultation meetings, to our strategy for developing the nationwide public safety broadband network. We covered a lot of ground during the webinar and look forward to hosting them on a quarterly basis, in addition to our monthly calls with the SPOCs that are held by FirstNet region.

White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

As Hurricane Arthur reminded us last week, hurricane season is underway. To help address the challenges that severe weather brings to our communities, today we are announcing a White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, which will take place on July 29 at the White House. This event will bring together technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools that will make a tangible impact in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies.

Bodies of Water/Bodies of Land: the NPSBN Challenge

Monday, July 7, 2014

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board member
Last week, members of the FirstNet team and I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop focused on a key set of partners in the development of the nationwide public safety broadband network: the five U.S. territories and two non-contiguous states. Organized by Air Force Major General and Hawaii Adjutant General Darryll Wong, who is the state’s Single Point of Contact for FirstNet, the Hawaii Broadband Collaboration workshop brought together a cross-section of almost 100 local, state, and territorial public safety officials from Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

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