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FirstNet Board Makes Major Strides Toward Acquisition Strategy; Johnson Appointed Vice Chair

December 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today addressed key findings from the input provided by stakeholders in response to the Request for Information (RFI) and Public Notice that closed in late October. FirstNet leadership said the open Board meeting held today at the Salt Lake City Police Department further illustrates its transparent approach to developing a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Written Testimony of TJ Kennedy Acting General Manager First Responder Network Authority

November 18, 2014

Before the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications United States House of Representatives Hearing on “Interoperable Communications: Assessing Progress Since 9/11” November 18, 2014

FirstNet Finance Committee Gives Go-Ahead To Fund Key RFP, Consultation Activities in FY15

November 17, 2014

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Finance Committee today approved Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding guidance that supports program roadmap activities in the areas of Request for Proposal (RFP) development for the purpose of identifying and negotiating key private-public partnership arrangements; network planning and development; consultation with regional, state, tribal, and local jurisdictions; and organizational operations and infrastructure. The Finance Committee held a special meeting via a public teleconference during which it unanimously approved Resolution 8.

FirstNet Completes Successful Request for Information and Public Comment Period

October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has closed the window for responses to its September 17 Request for Information (RFI). FirstNet also closed the comment period for a Public Notice that was published in the Federal Register on September 24. Both the RFI and the Public Notice allowed stakeholders, including public safety professionals, regional, state, tribal and local jurisdictions, and the vendor community, to provide input and ideas on the development of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

FirstNet Board Takes Action Toward Achieving Program Roadmap Milestones

September 17, 2014

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board took key steps today to ensure the continued success of its strategic program roadmap and enable FirstNet to move toward a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network. The FirstNet Board approved resolutions designed to generate valuable perspectives from public safety, industry, and the general public on important foundational issues regarding the development of the network.

FirstNet Board Members Appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: Member Statements

September 4, 2014

Thursday, September 4
Today, Commerce Secretary Pritzker announced the appointment of six individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The following Board members have provided statements on the appointments:

FirstNet Board Approves Spectrum Lease Agreement With The State of Texas

August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) board today approved a spectrum manager lease agreement with the state of Texas, allowing the state to continue work on a local public safety broadband network in Harris County. FirstNet will lease Texas spectrum usage rights to operate on the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum, the single, nationwide license which was granted to FirstNet by the Federal Communications Commission.

FirstNet Holds First State Plan Consultation Meeting in Maryland

July 29, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today joined public safety communications officials from across Maryland to hold the first in a series of meetings with all 56 states and territories working together to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The state consultation meetings aim to increase FirstNet’s understanding of the states’ unique needs as they move forward together on a state plan.

FirstNet Moves Forward on Strategic Program Roadmap in Open Board Meeting

June 3, 2014

WESTMINSTER, COLO. – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today took a number of actions to ensure continued progress along its strategic program roadmap, including approving resolutions on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) and the process for evaluating key environmental issues for deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet Committees Hold Open Meetings to Address Key Personnel, Outreach, Technology, and Financial Developments

June 2, 2014

WESTMINSTER, COLO – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board held a series of open committee meetings today during which they considered a number of actions to enhance the effectiveness of the organization and to increase coordination with stakeholders on planning for the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network. The four committees also received a series of program updates from FirstNet senior leadership on their efforts to implement the strategic program roadmap.

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