The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.
Mr. Mike Poth began his career in public safety with the Tempe, Arizona Police Department where he held various positions in patrol, traffic, detectives, narcotics, and the tactical team. As a Police Captain in Corvallis, Oregon, he held executive assignments leading three different bureaus including the regional 9-1-1 center. Later, as technology senior executive at Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard., Mr. Poth led mission critical public safety projects for state and local police, fire, and emergency management services agencies, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Mr. Poth received a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University and completed executive certifications from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago.