WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today delivered an initial consultation package to all 56 states and territories. FirstNet officials said delivery of the consultation package – which includes both guidance and a readiness checklist – aims to increase FirstNet’s understanding of the states’ unique needs in the development of state plans.
WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board’s Finance Committee today approved Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) guidelines that will enable FirstNet to advance the implementation of its program roadmap. The adoption of Finance Committee Resolution 2 will fund key activities – including business strategy development, network development, outreach and consultation, and operating infrastructure – in FY14 toward achieving the roadmap’s milestones. The Finance Committee held a special meeting via a public teleconference.
WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board announced today that it is launching a search for a new General Manager following Bill D’Agostino’s resignation for personal and family reasons. Effective immediately Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy is assuming the General Manager duties on a temporary basis while the FirstNet Board looks to hire a permanent replacement.
WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today voted to proceed toward several important milestones along the authority’s preliminary strategic roadmap – a course of action designed to ensure the building and management of a nationwide, interoperable, public safety communications network. The roadmap will assist in developing a definitive business plan, along with comprehensive state-based outreach and consultation plans.
DENVER – First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board Chairman Sam Ginn announced that he has named Board member Sue Swenson as vice chairman. Ginn tasked Swenson with overseeing the Board’s extensive planning and oversight work.
DENVER – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved separate agreements with the State of New Jersey and Adams County, Colo. allowing them to lease access to FirstNet’s spectrum. With the approval of these agreements, FirstNet has entered in to four separate spectrum lease agreements with public safety Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grantees.
WASHINGTON – Marking an important step forward in its efforts to deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. FirstNet is seeking information about key components of the application platform, helping it determine future acquisitions and potential partners.
WASHINGTON – Board member Kevin McGinnis and Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) convened a one-day workshop to seek guidance from tribal representatives and Indian Country professionals on how to approach tribal outreach and education.
WASHINGTON – “Barry Boniface brings to the FirstNet Board a wealth of experience building and financing technology and telecommunications businesses, which will assist us greatly as we develop our plans to build this nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is taking on a task of historic proportions, and Barry’s financial expertise will help us ensure that we develop a network plan that is self-sustaining. We welcome him to the Board.”
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.