Three photos: In the first, FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz delivers a speech. In the second, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Phoenix Fire Department Assistant Chief Scott Walker are seated at a table. The third photo shows a large crowd of public safety officials with a table of Phoenix public safety leaders seated at the front of the room. Overlayed is a graphic representation of a network.

Blazing a Path Forward to Advance, Grow FirstNet

At the Public Safety Roadmap Summit, FirstNet Authority staff met with nearly 100 stakeholders from across the nation to collect their feedback to inform a Roadmap for the network. 


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Regional Engagement Focuses on Public Safety’s Needs

The FirstNet Authority joined the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board for a Region VII User Forum in Altoona, Iowa. Public safety agencies from the region gathered to learn more about the latest FirstNet developments and key initiatives underway across Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.


Thirteen people stand with gold shovels, ready to break ground on a cell tower at Red Cliff Reservation

New FirstNet Cell Site to Support Red Cliff Reservation

First responders serving the Red Cliff Reservation will soon be getting a major boost in their access to broadband communications with the addition of a new, purpose-built cell site. The new Infrastructure will improve connectivity for Tribal first responders and expand rural broadband access for the tribal community.


On left a graphic overlay representing a network and engagement, attendees listen to Jennifer Harder of the FirstNet Authority who stands at the front of the room using a whiteboard.

FirstNet Authority Holds Roadmap Meeting in Honolulu

The FirstNet Authority PSA team held a Roadmap Engagement with the City and County of Honolulu to solicit feedback from the island’s public safety community about their localized emergency communications needs.



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Incorporating FirstNet into Emergency Response Exercises

At the Texas A&M University Internet 2 Technology Evaluation Center’s Winter Institute Workshop and Exercise, first responders trained on how to respond during an earthquake. The exercise used FirstNet to demonstrate how the network could enhance operational communications during a natural disaster.


A firefighter in safety gear and helmet looks out, behind him is debris from a building. Text in the image reads "Join us in honoring our public safety heroes: International Firefighters Day | May 4, Public Service Recognition Week | May 5-11, National Police Week |  May 13-17, National EMS Week | May 19-25"

Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes This May

During the month of May, the FirstNet Authority is recognizing and celebrating first responders for the critical, lifesaving work they perform year-round.


An ambulance drives down a small road on a sunny day.

FirstNet Connects AAA Ambulance to Improve Patient Care in Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s AAA Ambulance Service subscribed to FirstNet to help connect its 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical transport service. FirstNet is helping the ambulance service to seamlessly communicate as they serve the 1.2 million residents living across 16 counties in southern Mississippi.


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FirstNet Authority Unveils Roadmap Plans, Investment Principles

The First Responder Network Authority unveiled new initiatives to shape the future of public safety’s network and advance a dedicated FirstNet experience that will transform public safety operations to help save lives and protect communities.


AT&T’s Satellite Cellsite on Light Truck (right) deployed next to the state’s Site on Wheels trailer (left) at the 2019 American Birkebeiner. Submitted photo

Communications Boosted at Birkebeiner Race with FirstNet Deployable

Every February, 30,000 skiers and spectators descend on northwestern Wisconsin to take part in the largest cross-country race in North America, the American Birkebeiner. The more than 30-mile race from Cable to Hayward, known as the “Birkie,” tests the endurance of skiers. It also creates a huge emergency communications challenge for first responders.


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