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FirstNet Vice Chair To Focus on Strategies, Outreach

January 29, 2015

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice Chairman
Recently, I had the honor of being appointed Vice Chair of the FirstNet Board by Chairwoman Sue Swenson. I thank Sue for this opportunity and pledge my ongoing commitment to the public safety community as we work together to ensure the buildout and operation of the first-ever nationwide broadband network for firefighters, law enforcement personnel, medical service providers, and other emergency response personnel.

FirstNet, PSAC, PSCR To Collocate June Meetings

January 28, 2015

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program has announced plans to hold its annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting June 3 – June 5, 2015 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, CA. Similar to last year, the meeting will be held during the same week and in the same location as both the FirstNet Board quarterly meetings on June 2 and June 3 and the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) meeting on June 1.

Resources from NIST Fire Research Division

January 27, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fire Research Division is committed to better fire fighting, prevention, and control through research conducted at NIST Engineering Laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD. NIST Engineering Laboratory's Fire Fighting Technology Group (FFTG) enables advances in fire fighter safety, fire ground operations, and effectiveness of the fire service; develops and applies technology, measurements and standards, and improves the understanding of the behavior, prevention and control of fires to enhance fire fighting operations and equipment, fire suppression, fire investigations, and disaster response.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Colorado

January 26, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
On January 14, members of the FirstNet team met with numerous local, state, federal and tribal public safety practitioners – including those from law enforcement, fire, and EMS – about planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) in Colorado. Overall, more than 120 representatives from the state’s public safety and private sector communities participated in the initial consultation meeting – FirstNet’s 11th to date.

FirstNet’s TJ Kennedy: A Passion for Public Safety

January 23, 2015

This article originally appeared in Rural Telecom, January/February 2015.
By Christian Hamaker
TJ Kennedy has a long history with public safety, but it’s the future of public safety that gives his work focus today. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)—the group charged with establishing the first nationwide public safety broadband network—combines the focused intensity of an emergency front-line first responder with the coordination skills of an Olympics organizer and the polish of a pitchman and seasoned advocate.

FirstNet Holds Federal Consultation “Kick Off”

January 22, 2015

By Chris Algiere, FirstNet Federal Outreach Branch Chief
Yesterday, FirstNet formally initiated the federal consultation process with a “kick-off” meeting in Washington, D.C., involving more than a dozen federal departments and agencies.

FirstNet January 2015 Quarterly SPOC Webinar

January 20, 2015

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Outreach Director
On January 8, FirstNet held its quarterly webinar with the state single points of contact (SPOC), providing organizational and project updates to approximately 90 state and territory team members, covering nearly 40 states and territories.

FirstNet to Bring the Power of Advanced Mobile Technologies to Law Enforcement

January 16, 2015

Reprinted from Police Chief Magazine, vol. 82, no. 1, pages 48-50, 2015. Copyright held by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Inc., 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314. Further reproduction without express permission from IACP is strictly prohibited.
By TJ Kennedy, Acting Executive Director
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to empower the United States’ first responders with stateof-the-art communications tools, including a nationwide interoperable, wireless network. This network will be established in all 50 states, the 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

On the Road: NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

January 15, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak before more than 300 independent, community-based telecommunications professionals attending the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association’s Wireless Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Nevada

January 14, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
More than 65 representatives from local, state, and tribal public safety and communications entities gathered at the Nevada State Capitol Building in Carson City, NV on January 7, to learn more about FirstNet and exchange ideas on the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (“NPSBN”) in the state. The meeting got off to a great start when Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee Co-Chair Jim Wright and state single point of contact (“SPOC”) Chris Smith opened the Initial Consultation Meeting by affirming Nevada’s commitment to the NPSBN.

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