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FirstNet: Delivering to Public Safety the Capabilities They Need to Save Lives - Theirs and the Public's

FirstNet is harnessing the power of the private sector to build and operate the Nation’s first dedicated, public safety communications network – it is creating a public-private partnership that will deliver technology and innovation for years to come.
February 28, 2017

FirstNet is led by a Board of Directors that understands and represents public safety – the Board has expertise in the fields of technology and mobile telecommunications.

FirstNet: Building the Nation's Dedicated, Advanced Public Safety Communications Network

The idea for FirstNet originated with and for the public safety community in light of the findings and recommendations of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission). The public safety community came together to advocate for a dedicated, public safety network.
February 23, 2017

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most.

FirstNet Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 Marked Significant Achievements in Making Network a Reality for Public Safety

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the legislation that created FirstNet, we are very proud to review these achievements in our Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report to Congress.
February 22, 2017

Over the last fiscal year, FirstNet accomplished many major milestones, with the most significant being the gains made in the acquisition process for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

As Cities Become ‘Smart’, Public Safety Looks to FirstNet for Priority Broadband

FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced communication and collaboration technologies they need to help them do their jobs safely and effectively. (FirstNet)
February 16, 2017

This is a repost from the National League of Cities website.  

The term “Smart Cities” is a popular topic in today’s urban jurisdictions – but what is a Smart City? A Smart City has technological infrastructure which collects, aggregates and analyzes real-time data which it uses to improve the lives of its residents according to the National League of Cities, report “Trends in Smart City Development”.

Law Enforcement Comes Together in our Nation’s Capital for Winter Meetings

Members of the FirstNet leadership had the opportunity to participate in events throughout the week to continue our dialogue with public safety about the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
February 14, 2017

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

Last week concluded sequential winter legislative meetings of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), bringing together the nation’s law enforcement leaders for this annual event in Washington, D.C. The week of meetings also showcased briefings from leadership from the new Administration, which used the opportunity to emphasize its support to American law enforcement and public safety.

FirstNet Officials Meet With EMS Medical Directors at NAEMSP Conference

First Responders Need Reliability of FirstNet Network, Los Angeles Sheriff Says

February 6, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief Scott Edson talks about the need for an LTE broadband network that gives priority to first responders.

PSAC Profile: National Sheriffs’ Association

 The NSA serves as the primary voice of sheriffs and deputies throughout the country and has more than 20,000 members within both sheriffs’ departments and police departments.
February 3, 2017

Law enforcement officers, fire service members, and EMS personnel – who are on the front lines protecting their communities every day – will have the opportunity to access and use the FirstNet network once operational. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the key groups that represents law enforcement personnel.

State Plans Consultation is a Top Priority for 2017

February 1, 2017

By Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation

With a new year in full swing, FirstNet is focusing its consultation program around one of our top priorities for 2017:  the successful development and delivery of State Plans. Our goal is to deliver and discuss State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of each State and Territory for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

State Planning, Preparation for FirstNet on the Rise as We Look Toward 2017

January 30, 2017

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice Chair

This blog is a repost from the International Association of Fire Chiefs' January 2017 issue of On Scene

As we look back on the past year, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is pleased by the many accomplishments we achieved in 2016. We’ve taken many important steps forward in our efforts to deploy a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) and put life-saving technology into the hands of first responders. And we look forward to the work we’ve put in over the last 12 months paying dividends in 2017, as we move into implementation mode with the network.

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