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FirstNet Buildout Launches Nationwide as Public Safety Core Nears Delivery

March 7, 2018

FirstNet’s nationwide footprint is expanding. The First Responder Network Authority has given its partner, AT&T, the green light to build out FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. This includes deploying public safety’s dedicated spectrum – Band 14 – across statewide radio access networks in states and territories across the country.

Commerce Secretary Appoints FirstNet Board Members; Statements from FirstNet Chair, Board Appointees

February 8, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of four individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority, including three new membersThe following are statements on today’s announcement from the FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and the four appointees.

The Northern Mariana Islands to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Torres Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

January 19, 2018

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres accepted the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools that will help the Northern Mariana Islands’ first responders save lives and protect communities.

American Samoa to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Moliga Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

January 10, 2018

American Samoa is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga accepted the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools that will help American Samoa’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“In weighing this important decision to join FirstNet or deploy our own system, our team came to the conclusion that opting-in to FirstNet was the better solution for American Samoa and our first responders,” said Governor Moliga. “I wish to express my appreciation to the Director of Homeland Security, Samana Veavea, and Commissioner of Public Safety Le’i Sonny Thompson, and their respective staffs, for their contributions to the making of this well-informed decision. We look forward to working with AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority to deploy this network.”

Blogs

Applications and Mobile Data to Improve Operations and Emergency Responder Safety

FirstNet held its first public safety hack-a-thon in San Francisco March 23-24, 2018.
April 19, 2018
William Schrier, Senior Advisor

A number of public safety agencies are adopting FirstNet and gaining capabilities they have never had before. These FirstNet trailblazers are exploring the benefits of smart devices powered by a dedicated, high-speed wireless broadband connection. Capturing and sharing real-time data, live streaming, and incident mapping are just a few FirstNet-powered capabilities they’re incorporating into emergency response.

Devices are Ready for Public Safety’s Use on FirstNet

April 11, 2018
By Joe Martinet, Director of Devices

This is an exciting time for FirstNet. In the last month, the First Responder Network Authority-AT&T partnership has reached major milestones in deploying the network for first responders, including the launch of the nationwide buildout of public safety’s spectrum – Band 14 – and the delivery of the FirstNet Core.

With FirstNet, Information will Move as Fast as the Incident

April 11, 2018
By Aislynn C. Turner, First Responder Network Authority, Public Safety Advocacy Team

This blog is a repost from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Bulletin March 2018 Issue.

The goal of the emergency manager is to bring as much data as possible into the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and then to synthesize it into the most meaningful and complete picture of the current situation to share with other public safety and government officials.

Brazos County Adopts FirstNet: ‘This day is something we’ve been looking forward to’

April 10, 2018

In September 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his decision to opt in to FirstNet network. And in January of this year, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department became the first Texas agency to officially subscribe to FirstNet service. “This day is something we’ve been looking forward to,” said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

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