Three images: 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 shows a large crowd of public safety officials with a table of Phoenix public safety leaders seated at the front of the room. Overlaid 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. 


Photograph of event speaker seated in front of crowd of attendees sitting at tables.

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.


FirstNet Connects Rural Responders During Search and Rescue Exercises

FirstNet Connects Rural Responders During Search and Rescue Exercises

First responders from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland integrated FirstNet into search and rescue exercises held in Gore, VA — a remote region in the Shenandoah Valley. The exercise gave first responders the opportunity to practice operationalizing public safety broadband in rural areas and in situations they may not experience every day.


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.


Two men and one woman stand in front of a Yankton Police truck. One of the men wears a police uniform.

FirstNet Boosting Communications for Tribal First Responders

FirstNet’s deployables were recently used by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Police Department in South Dakota, where rough terrain physically limits LTE coverage. During a critical search-and-rescue mission, the department reached out to the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, which deployed a SatCOLT within hours. 


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PERF Forum Provides Roadmap Engagement with Law Enforcement

The latest stop along our public safety roadmap led the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) to Atlanta, Ga., last week for a regional forum with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). As a policy and research organization for the nation’s law enforcement community, PERF is delivering a series of forums that explore the adoption of FirstNet by police and other public safety users around the nation.


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