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Data Collection in 2016: What Does It Mean?

April 29, 2016

By Brian Hobson, FirstNet State Plans Technical Lead
In January, FirstNet hit a major milestone with the release of its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  The FirstNet RFP is unique – not only because it is objectives-based, but because it was informed by feedback and public safety specific data from the states and territories.

FirstNet to Connect Local Needs on National Scale

April 28, 2016

This blog is a repost from National Association of Counties (NaCo) County News.
The federal agency responsible for building a nationwide broadband network for public safety use, FirstNet, recently issued RFPs to build out and deploy the network. FirstNet’s goal is to select a winning bidder by the fourth quarter this year.

Early Builders Blog: Harris County Demo at the Houston Rodeo

April 26, 2016

By Lynn Bashaw, Director of Network Operations
This blog is the latest in a series on FirstNet’s role in and observations from the five “Early Builder” (EB) public safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network projects. The EB projects consist of four National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grantees that include the States of New Jersey and New Mexico, Adams County, Colorado, and the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS), as well as The State of Texas and Harris County, which is being funded through other federal grants and local contributions.

Spring SPOC Meeting Dives Deep into FirstNet Implementation, State Plan Process

April 22, 2016

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
Last week, FirstNet held its semi-annual Spring in-person meeting for state and territory Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) in McLean, Virginia.  The two-day meeting allows the FirstNet SPOCs and their teams from across the country to come together to ask questions, provide input, receive feedback, and learn from each other, while also interfacing with FirstNet leadership and staff.

FirstNet Achieves "Clean" Audit Opinion for Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Report

April 21, 2016

By Kim S. Farington, FirstNet Chief Financial Officer
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) hit another major milestone with its financial management practices by achieving a “clean” audit opinion for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015).  An independent auditor, Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A., conducted the audit of our financial statements, and the report can be accessed here.

Mobile World Congress 2016: Checking Out Wireless Technology Advancements for Potential Use in the NPSBN

April 20, 2016

By FirstNet CTO Devices Group
Earlier this year, staff from FirstNet’s technical headquarters traveled to Barcelona, Spain to attend the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC) to observe firsthand the latest developments in various wireless technologies.  The show is invaluable for gathering information related to innovative products and leading edge technology developments. Some interesting statistics about the MWC include:

An Enduring Network for Public Safety

April 18, 2016

By Mike Poth, FirstNet Chief Executive Officer
FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) process is well underway for the establishment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).  Since the release of the NPSBN RFP in January, we have answered over 400 questions related to the RFP and held a well-attended pre-proposal conference at our headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  As we continue our consultation and outreach activities, we are reviewing recently submitted capability statements and preparing for NPSBN proposals that are due on May 31, 2016.  

Make Recruitment a Priority During National Volunteer Week

April 14, 2016

This blog is a repost from National Volunteer Fire Council, March 21, 2016
National Volunteer Week is coming up on April 10-16. This is a great opportunity to both recognize the achievements of your existing volunteers as well as alert the community to your department’s need for more recruits.

National Volunteer Week 2016: FirstNet Salutes Our Public Safety Volunteers

April 13, 2016

This week is National Volunteer Week.  Celebrated each year since 1974, this week is an opportunity to recognize those who serve their communities on a volunteer basis.  This includes the hundreds of thousands of fire, EMS, and law enforcement volunteers across the country. 

Honoring the Nation's Public Safety Telecommunicators

April 12, 2016

This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW).  Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.


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