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Indiana to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Holcomb Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

October 11, 2017

Indiana is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Indiana's first responders save lives and protect communities.

FirstNet, AT&T Launch First Developer Program for Public Safety

October 11, 2017

FirstNet and AT&T* launched the first developer program geared toward America’s first responders. This will encourage public safety-focused innovation to help equip first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools. It also brings public safety closer to having their own app store where they can find new solutions purpose-built for their needs.

Alabama to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Ivey Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

October 10, 2017

Alabama is bringing modernized communications technology to first responders. Today, Governor Kay Ivey announced her decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Alabama’s first responders save lives and protect communities. 

Minnesota to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Dayton Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

October 4, 2017

Minnesota is bringing modernized communications technology to first responders. Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced his decision to participate in the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools to help Minnesota’s first responders save lives and protect communities. 

Blogs

EMT Leader: FirstNet’s “Legacy” Will be Serving Rural Communities

October 13, 2017

Melvin Musulin, Assistant Director for Pennsylvania’s Valley Ambulance Authority, says he sees FirstNet as a legacy for emergency first responders in rural communities.
For over forty years, Musulin has worked in and around the emergency medical community. He has been anticipating FirstNet’s launch since its inception in 2012. With FirstNet now on the verge of going live in communities across the country, Musulin says that FirstNet’s accessibility will have its greatest impact by reducing health care costs in rural America.

Tech Talk: Sapporo, Japan 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.
October 6, 2017
By Dean Prochaska, FirstNet Director of Standards

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was pleased to represent public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Sapporo, Japan last month.  These meetings addressed standards in several areas relevant to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  The 3GPP plenary meetings consisted of three separate plenary group meetings.   

Fall PSAC Webinar Highlights Task Team Collaboration, Working Groups’ Activities

FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, and President TJ Kennedy updated the PSAC on recent organizational successes and developments.
September 27, 2017
By Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) held its second webinar of the year for the full membership. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley and the Executive Committee led the PSAC through updates on its three working groups, and current outreach and tasking efforts.

PSAC Association Profile: Major County Sheriffs of America

September 21, 2017

As law enforcement agencies eagerly await the deployment of the FirstNet network, the Major County Sheriffs of America (MSCA) continues to champion the needs of public safety from the Nation’s largest counties and parishes. MCSA is the voice of elected sheriffs from counties or parishes with a population of 500,000 or more – representing over 100 million Americans. Sheriffs’ offices are often the sole law enforcement agency in rural areas without local police departments, operate jails and prisons, provide court services, and execute warrants.

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