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Talking FirstNet with IT Executives from All Levels of Government

Jim Gwinn, FirstNet Chief Information Officer, speaks at the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) 2014 Summit in Baltimore, MD
May 7, 2014

Guest Blog Post by Jim Gwinn, FirstNet Chief Information Officer
Security, innovation, and collaboration were the big buzzwords at the annual Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) 2014 Summit held this week in Baltimore, MD. The focus of this year’s summit was “Inspiring Innovation in Uncertain Times,” and almost everyone I spoke with or listened to during the various presentations echoed that theme.

Kicking Off Public Service Recognition Week at the APCO Broadband Summit

TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Deputy General Manager with the APCO team
May 6, 2014

Yesterday was the start of the 4th annual APCO International Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, DC. This year’s summit focuses on the latest progress of FirstNet, as well as innovations in public safety mobile applications, cybersecurity, and developments in LTE and broadband technologies. The summit is also timely in that it comes during the annual Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which honors the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.

And They’re Off: Initial Consultation Packages are Out of the Gates and into the States

David Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
May 2, 2014

Guest Blog Post by David Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation

Tomorrow is one of the biggest sporting events of the year: the Kentucky Derby – also known as the “Run for the Roses.” What does this have to do with FirstNet and a nationwide public safety broadband network? For starters, planning for and deploying the network is going to require FirstNet to harness the horsepower from all 56 states and territories; we cannot run this race on our own.

Homeland Security Roundtables

TJ Kennedy at today’s Washington Homeland Security Roundtable
April 30, 2014

This week I had the opportunity to provide an overview of FirstNet at two homeland security roundtable discussions. At both events, I explained how FirstNet was working with the states and territories to plan for and deploy a public safety broadband network to improve communications for more than 60,000 public safety agencies in more than 3,200 counties.

The FirstNet Team: Bolstering Our Technology and Management Expertise

FirstNet CTO Ali Afrashteh
April 28, 2014

FirstNet today welcomes Ali Afrashteh to our senior management team as Chief Technology Officer, a position that will help advance our efforts to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. In this role, Ali will manage FirstNet’s planning and deployment of technology programs and initiatives and provide expertise on strategic wireless technology and network operational planning.

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