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Global Government Leaders Forum Highlights Innovation in Public Safety Broadband

May 24, 2018

BRUSSELS, the 24th of May 2018 – Wireless broadband is transforming communications for emergency responders worldwide. Today, government leaders from more than 20 countries gathered to discuss their experiences, challenges, and solutions for deploying broadband networks to help first responders communicate.

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.

Blogs

From hurricanes to tropical storms, Emergency Managers are at the center of community preparedness

FirstNet devices used to track severe weather events and share real time data with responders.
June 14, 2018
By: Charles R. Murph, First Responder Network Authority, Region IV Lead

Emergency managers are at the center of community preparedness and response should an emergency or disaster strike. As hurricane season is upon us, it is a reminder of the important work of our nation’s emergency managers who put service to their communities first in times of need.

FirstNet Has Arrived: What EMS Professionals Need to Know about Public Safety’s Broadband Network

“I've long seen the vision of what FirstNet can do for EMS. While there is still much more work to do, it's exciting to say that FirstNet is a reality.” – Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member
June 12, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, FirstNet Board Member

For many years, I’ve been talking to my fellow paramedics and colleagues in EMS about the promise of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. There were a lot of “whens” and “ifs” and “we expect” in those discussions.

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

Following a May 15, 2018 storm, Brookfield, CT fire and police were able to quickly take advantage of FirstNet to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.
June 8, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.
June 5, 2018

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018

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