On left a graphic overlay representing a network and engagement, attendees listen to Jennifer Harder of the FirstNet Authority who stands at the front of the room using a whiteboard.

FirstNet Authority Holds Roadmap Meeting in Honolulu

The FirstNet Authority PSA team held a Roadmap Engagement with the City and County of Honolulu to solicit feedback from the island’s public safety community about their localized emergency communications needs.

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Annual Report Details FirstNet Progress on Public Safety’s Network

In our latest Annual Report to Congress, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) outlines the significant progress made in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to deliver on Congress’s vision of creating a truly nationwide, interoperable broadband public safety network.  It was a landmark year for public safety, as the FirstNet network deployment began ahead of schedule following the decisions of all U.S. states and territories and the District of Columbia to participate in the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Attendees sit and listen to a speaker at the front of the room during a Roadmap engagement at the PSAC Tribal Working Group Semi-Annual Meeting

Tribal Leaders Voice Broadband Needs for FirstNet Authority Roadmap

At the PSAC Tribal Working Group’s (TWG) semi-annual in-person meeting, the FirstNet Authority updated TWG delegates on FirstNet’s latest developments, and tribal leaders discussed their network needs and shared real-world FirstNet use cases in tribal communities.

FirstNet Board members sit and listen to a presentation during a visit the Georgia Cyber Center

FirstNet Authority Leaders Visit Georgia Cyber Center

Members of the FirstNet Board’s Technology and Public Safety Advocacy Committees visited the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, GA to learn more about the evolving cyber threat landscape and the center’s focus on promoting and fostering innovation and technical collaboration.  

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Incorporating FirstNet into Emergency Response Exercises

At the Texas A&M University Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center’s 2019 Winter Institute Workshop and Exercise, first responders trained on how to respond during an earthquake. FirstNet was used to enhance operational communications during a simulated natural disaster.

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Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes This May

During the month of May, the FirstNet Authority is recognizing and celebrating first responders for the critical, lifesaving work they perform year-round.

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Rural network deployment is key for first responders

FirstNet Authority Acting CEO Ed Parkinson spoke at the 2019 Technical & Business Conference hosted by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, discussing how rural network deployment will support first responders.

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Arizona Leaders Gather to Discuss Public Safety Broadband

At a recent public safety broadband forum, first responders, public administrators, and IT support personnel from the State of Arizona gathered to discuss FirstNet, its impact on public safety broadband needs, and the FirstNet Authority Roadmap.

During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we celebrate our nation’s 9-1-1 telecommunicators and dispatchers and the important work they do. Image shows a man sitting in front of four computer monitors showing 9-1-1 information.

Celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

February 16, 1968 was a momentous day for public safety — it marked the first time a 9-1-1 call was ever made. In the five decades since, emergency communication centers and their dedicated teams of telecommunicators have become the first touchpoint for emergency response.