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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.


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