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Prioritizing Public Safety at the International Balloon Festival

February 1, 2018
By Jacque Miller-Waring, FirstNet Region 6 Lead

During the 2017 International Balloon Festival, at the exact moment when hundreds of brightly colored balloons were released into Albuquerque’s clear blue skies, tens of thousands of spectators simultaneously posted photos, videos and social media updates to share with friends and family.

For area law enforcement and public safety officials who rely on the same bandwidth to communicate and maintain safety, ordinarily they would experience clogged networks causing signal delay or failure, making their already difficult jobs nearly impossible to perform.

The Public Safety Advisory Committee of the Future

Photo of Tom Sorley, PSAC Chair
January 25, 2018
Tom Sorley, PSAC Chair

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) took steps in 2017 to plan and prepare for what is sure to be an exciting future for public safety.  I’m thrilled to lead the PSAC during this time of tremendous growth and the buildout and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

The Next Phase of FirstNet: Delivering Lifesaving Technologies to Public Safety

AT&T launches new brand just for FirstNet products & services; The First Responder Network Authority logo will continue to represent the organization & its programs
January 22, 2018

With the governor’s decision process complete and every state and territory on board, we are excited to be in the next phase of FirstNet and delivering public safety’s vision for a nationwide network.

Along with our partner, AT&T, we are laser focused on expanding the network and supporting public safety’s use of FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it.

Tech Talk: Lisbon, Portugal 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

The First Responder Network Authority represented public safety interests at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Plenary meetings held in Lisbon, Portugal last month. (Photo courtesy of 3GPP)
January 17, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on FirstNet’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions related to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted December 18-22, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

With First Responder Network Set to Launch, ‘Communications Is Everything’ says Fire Captain

Alexandria (Va.) Fire Captain Phil Perry uses a mobile device while on board a fire boat on the Potomac River. The First Responder Network Authority is modernizing public safety communications infrastructure to provide fire, EMS, law enforcement and other public safety personnel enhanced data communications via wireless broadband services.
January 16, 2018
By Kyle Richardson, FirstNet Senior Public Safety Liaison

In this blog, Captain Phil Perry of the Alexandria (Va.) Fire Department talks about the benefits of having an interoperable, high speed network that is dedicated and specialized for police, fire, and EMS responders.

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