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FirstNet Core Delivers on the Promise of a Dedicated Network for Public Safety

March 27, 2018
By Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology Officer and Operations Director

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, public safety from all disciplines joined together to advocate for a single nationwide public safety broadband network. A wireless network they would fight for and have a say in from the start. A network built upon industry standards, nationwide spectrum, and a device portfolio for all disciplines to ensure interoperability - a network with the security and reliability to help meet their lifesaving needs.

FirstNet at IWCE 2018

March 1, 2018

The First Responder Network Authority looks forward to participating in the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2018 from March 5-9. At this year’s event in Orlando, Florida, leadership from the First Responder Network Authority will discuss progress in the deployment of FirstNet, as well as the latest on FirstNet programs to drive innovation for first responders and transform the future of public safety communications.

Annual Report Outlines Year of Progress Leading to Launch of FirstNet Network

February 27, 2018
By Ed Parkinson, Director of Government Affairs, First Responder Network Authority

Each February – the month that Congress established FirstNet – we submit our annual report to Congress on the progress FirstNet has made to deliver the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet Network is Putting Richmond's First Responders First

February 21, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead

Not long after testing FirstNet’s new mobile capabilities over a high-speed wireless network, public safety agencies in the City of Richmond announced that they would be among the first in the country to subscribe to FirstNet services provided by AT&T and bring next generation technology to first responders.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of First 9-1-1 Call at NENA’s “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” Conference

NENA’s “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call, which was made on Feb. 16, 1968 from a rotary style phone in Haleyville, AL.
February 20, 2018
By William Hinkle, FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor

Last week, the NENA: the 911 Association (NENA) and the NG 9-1-1 Institute jointly held its annual “9-1-1 Goes to Washington” event for hundreds of public safety communications officials. Without fail, the event provides a unique networking opportunity for first responders to meet with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, and to learn about important federal initiatives and policy discussions impacting the needs of 9-1-1 centers and the public safety community.

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

January 22, 2018
By Mike Poth, First Responder Network Authority CEO

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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