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Sheriff Richard Stanek Named Vice Chair of FirstNet Board

September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 (RESTON) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) announced today that Chair Edward Horowitz has named Sheriff Richard W. Stanek to be Vice Chair of the Board, effective immediately.  Appointed to the FirstNet Board in 2014, Sheriff Stanek has served on the Board’s Public Safety Advocacy Committee, where he has helped strengthen relationships with the Nation’s law enforcement community.

FirstNet Momentum: More Than 2,500 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

August 29, 2018

More than 2,500 public safety agencies across the country have joined FirstNet. This is nearly double the number of agencies since the last update in July.

FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America's first responders. Being built with AT&T*, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need. Every day. And in every emergency.

FirstNet Authority, NTIA Announce Leadership Changes

September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018 (Reston, VA) Today, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Edward Horowitz to the FirstNet Board and named him Chair of the Board for a two-year term.

FirstNet Momentum: Nationwide Buildout Progresses; Nearly 1,500 Public Safety Agencies Have Subscribed to Their Network

July 20, 2018

AT&T has been actively deploying public safety's Band 14 spectrum as part of our FirstNet build. The buildout will be validated by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and will ultimately bring first responders the additional coverage and capacity they need.

Blogs

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Network Security

FirstNet not only provides reliable "always on" connections, but also allows first responders to confidently send and receive data, voice and text transmissions with the security their life-saving mission demands.
September 19, 2018

This blog is the fifth in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

Dedicated Public-Safety Broadband: A Growing Global Trend

Some nations are planning to create nationwide wireless networks dedicated to first responders… as the global marketplace for public-safety broadband opens, there is an opportunity to share challenges and solutions.
September 18, 2018
By Jeff Bratcher, CTO and Operations Officer, First Responder Network Authority

This article is a repost from Quarter3 2018 edition (p. 7) of RadioResource International Magazine.

Although the distances and differences between nations are vast, the mission of public safety to protect lives and property is essentially the same globally, along with the need for reliable communications. Some nations are planning to create nationwide wireless networks dedicated to first responders.

Honoring the First Responders Who Led the Way

September 11, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member

If you are like me, it is hard to imagine that today we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11. I remember that tragic September day as if it were yesterday. Each year, time should be taken to reflect on the nearly 3,000 lives lost, and to honor among those our colleagues lost in response to that cataclysm.

GPS Technology Delivers Critical Lifeline for First Responders

Now as first responders begin to take advantage of FirstNet in communities nationwide, we have a new opportunity for GPS-enabled devices to help save lives.
September 7, 2018
By J. David Grossman, Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance

This blog is a repost from the GPS Innovation Alliance.

The FCC updated its location accuracy requirements in 2015, recognizing that technologies such as “Assisted GPS” offered opportunities for even greater improvements in location accuracy. And just this summer, Apple announced that its next software update will automatically make device-based location information available through its integration partner(s) (only one has been announced to date) to 911 centers when a person calls 911, thanks to a suite of technologies including Wi-Fi, cellular towers and GPS.

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