Press Releases

FirstNet Statement on U.S. Federal Court of Claims Ruling in the Protest Action

March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 (RESTON) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today released the following statement from FirstNet CEO Mike Poth on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruling in the protest action regarding the acquisition process for the nationwide public safety broadband network:

FirstNet Outlines Operational Readiness, First 100-Days for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 (Sacramento):The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today outlined its readiness for a public-private partnership to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Network), including a plan to ensure progress on key Network components in the first 100 days of the partnership.

FirstNet Marks Major Milestone with Opening of Test Lab

FirstNet Commends FCC on Taking Critical Steps in Planning for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 (RESTON) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for moving forward on two items related to the planning of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Network).


FirstNet @IWCE Expo 2017: Sharing the future of public safety communications

March 24, 2017

Next week, FirstNet heads to Las Vegas to “Make Connections, Make a Difference,” at the 40th anniversary International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017.

At IWCE, held March 27-31, FirstNet will share insight into the latest on the organization and the Network, including current status, next steps, and benefits to public safety and opportunities for industry. The organization also looks forward to continuing the dialogue with the states and territories on the delivery of state plans, as well as the key considerations around the Governor's decision on the plan.

San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network

March 15, 2017

The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services. Covering 331 square miles with a population of 1,337,000, the need for reliable communications and rapid transmission of data by the more than 1,300 responders is critical.

PSAC Profile: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)

March 10, 2017

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

Meet the SME’s – FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor Bill Hinkle

March 7, 2017

After more than 30 years of working in the emergency response business, Bill Hinkle thought he was ready to start slowing down. He had been the Director of the Hamilton County Communication Center in Greater Cincinnati, the president of the National Emergency Number Association, and a senior vice president in industry. Life was good, and the idea of retirement didn’t sound so bad.

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