Press Releases

FirstNet Board to Launch Nationwide Search for New General Manager

April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board announced today that it is launching a search for a new General Manager following Bill D’Agostino’s resignation for personal and family reasons. Effective immediately Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy is assuming the General Manager duties on a temporary basis while the FirstNet Board looks to hire a permanent replacement.

FirstNet Board Meets on Strategic Roadmap

March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today voted to proceed toward several important milestones along the authority’s preliminary strategic roadmap – a course of action designed to ensure the building and management of a nationwide, interoperable, public safety communications network. The roadmap will assist in developing a definitive business plan, along with comprehensive state-based outreach and consultation plans.

FirstNet Board Chairman Ginn Names Sue Swenson Vice Chair; Frank Freeman III Hired as Chief Administrative Officer

December 18, 2013

DENVER – First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board Chairman Sam Ginn announced that he has named Board member Sue Swenson as vice chairman. Ginn tasked Swenson with overseeing the Board’s extensive planning and oversight work.

FirstNet Board Approves Spectrum Lease Agreements with Adams County, Colo. and New Jersey

December 17, 2013

DENVER – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved separate agreements with the State of New Jersey and Adams County, Colo. allowing them to lease access to FirstNet’s spectrum. With the approval of these agreements, FirstNet has entered in to four separate spectrum lease agreements with public safety Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grantees.

FirstNet Issues RFI on Applications and Applications Platform for Nationwide Wireless Broadband Network

November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – Marking an important step forward in its efforts to deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. FirstNet is seeking information about key components of the application platform, helping it determine future acquisitions and potential partners.

FirstNet Hosts Tribal Outreach Workshop to Design Process for Broad Participation in the Creation of the Public Safety Broadband Network

November 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Board member Kevin McGinnis and Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) convened a one-day workshop to seek guidance from tribal representatives and Indian Country professionals on how to approach tribal outreach and education.

Statement of FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn on Appointment of Barry Boniface

November 4, 2013

WASHINGTON – “Barry Boniface brings to the FirstNet Board a wealth of experience building and financing technology and telecommunications businesses, which will assist us greatly as we develop our plans to build this nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is taking on a task of historic proportions, and Barry’s financial expertise will help us ensure that we develop a network plan that is self-sustaining. We welcome him to the Board.”

Statement of FirstNet General Manager Bill D'Agostino on FCC Order Implementing Technical Rules for FirstNet

October 29, 2013

WASHINGTON – "We thank the FCC for issuing its Order implementing technical and operational rules for FirstNet. Unification of the technical service requirements consolidates and streamlines regulatory requirements applicable to the public safety broadband network. We also applaud the FCC's actions in lifting the freeze on device certifications, paving the way for certification of devices in Band 14. This will enable vendors to ship products capable of operating over the FirstNet network in the near future."

Statement of FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn

October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON -- "On May 8, 2013, the FirstNet Board established a Special Review Committee in response to concerns expressed by Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald. With the assistance of the Department of Commerce Office of the Chief Counsel for Economic Affairs, the Special Review Committee launched a two-stage review of the issues raised. Phase I of the review examined concerns regarding: (1) openness and transparency in decision making by the FirstNet Board; (2) Board members access to records; and (3) the development of a plan for FirstNet’s national public safety broadband network.

FirstNet Board Names Northern Virginia as Headquarters

October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today voted to establish Northern Virginia as its corporate headquarters and the Boulder, Colorado area as its technical, engineering and network design headquarters.


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