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SPOC Spotlight: Maryland Moves Forward on FirstNet Outreach

April 17, 2014

Imagine that you are a fire chief, and your team is on the 13th floor of a 26 floor high-rise building that’s on fire – in the middle of night. You send three of your firefighters in a state police helicopter to rappel onto the top of the building so they can advise those trapped inside the building to stay put. They also must try to open up the stairways to let the smoke out. As smoke envelops the site, it is extremely difficult to see. But you know there are two air conditioning units and a six foot antenna – and you hope they can find something safely to land on.

FirstNet Delivers Keynote at Minnesota Interoperability Conference

April 15, 2014

Guest Blog Post by Edward Parkinson, FirstNet Director of Government Affairs

Today, I was honored to provide the keynote address at the Minnesota Public Safety Interoperable Communications Conference. This was the fifth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Emergency Communication Networks (ECN). Attendance was excellent - the conference brings together a broad base of public safety and emergency management personnel from across the state.

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week – April 13-19

April 14, 2014

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, the First Responder Network Authority would like to recognize all of the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting the safety and security of the Nation. Our fire fighters, law enforcement officers, EMS providers, 911 dispatch center personnel and other emergency responders put their heart and soul into protecting and serving those in need.

FirstNet Outreach Update

April 3, 2014

Yesterday was a busy, informative, and productive day on the outreach front. In addition to hosting the quarterly state Single Point of Contact (SPOC) webinar, we met with staff from two dozen national associations that make up the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). Thanks to everyone who participated. FirstNet believes that each state, territory, and public safety stakeholder are critical to the success of our organization, as well as the planning and deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network.

Looking Back at IWCE

April 1, 2014

Another successful IWCE is in the books. Congratulations to the organizers for putting together a strong lineup, including several tracks on the nationwide public safety broadband network. The FirstNet team saw a great deal of innovation and information sharing last week – on the floor of the exhibit hall, during many of the panels and sessions, and in the hallway conversations that took place throughout the convention center. Our General Manager, Bill D’Agostino, shared his initial impressions in a message he posted on the website last Thursday.

IWCE Observations

March 27, 2014

The IWCE Conference continues today, with a number of opportunities to learn about the value and progress of FirstNet. This is my first time attending IWCE, and so far it has lived up to expectations, and then some.

FirstNet Goes To IWCE

March 26, 2014

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continued to promote the Authority’s strategic roadmap at this week’s annual International Wireless Conference and Expo (IWCE). FirstNet officials exchanged information with thousands of representatives from the public safety community, agencies from all levels of government, and the vendor community. FirstNet officials also delivered the keynote presentation at Wednesday’s IWCE session, highlighting how current planning and partnership development projects will help equip first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools.

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

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.

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