FirstNet Moves Forward into Eval Phase, Continues Public Safety Engagement

May 31, 2016

By FirstNet CEO Mike Poth
The deadline for submitting proposals for the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) closed earlier today.  With that phase of the procurement now complete, we are moving into the remaining phases of the evaluation process and are well on our way to achieving our goal with the Request for Proposals (RFP): to establish a unique public-private partnership to deploy the best possible network for our shareholders – public safety.

FirstNet Annual Report to Congress Documents Major Year of Progress Toward Deployment of Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

March 2, 2016

By Edward Parkinson, Director of Government Affairs
Last week marked the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act).  With this legislation, Congress entrusted FirstNet with the important mission of ensuring the building, deployment and operation of the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

NPSBN Interoperability Strategy: Focus on Open Standards for Network Infrastructure & Services; Data Access and Apps

December 16, 2015

By Mark Golaszewski, FirstNet Director of Applications
One of the drivers for the creation of FirstNet is the need for interoperable communications among public safety users from different agencies.  FirstNet’s strategy for maximizing interoperability across the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) is to leverage, to the greatest extent possible, open, standards-based solutions for: Network infrastructure and services, and Data access and applications.

FirstNet Releases Cyber Security Special Notice, Aims To Build Usability, Security Early into NPSBN

October 6, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet President
FirstNet recognizes that both usability and security will be equally important to the success of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Fortunately, we have the opportunity to implement security at the outset, so that the data, privacy, and operational security of the future users of the network, the nation’s first responders, and the people they are serving are protected upon launch.

Talking RFI, Draft SOO and Public Notice with Federal News Radio

September 29, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, Firstnet Acting General Manager
This morning I had the opportunity to provide an update on FirstNet’s efforts to plan for the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) with Federal News Radio during their daily morning show, “Federal Drive.” The show is a popular Washington, D.C.-based radio program that focuses on key developments in the federal government and includes interviews with key government executives. You can listen to the interview on

Bodies of Water/Bodies of Land: the NPSBN Challenge

July 7, 2014

By Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board member
Last week, members of the FirstNet team and I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop focused on a key set of partners in the development of the nationwide public safety broadband network: the five U.S. territories and two non-contiguous states. Organized by Air Force Major General and Hawaii Adjutant General Darryll Wong, who is the state’s Single Point of Contact for FirstNet, the Hawaii Broadband Collaboration workshop brought together a cross-section of almost 100 local, state, and territorial public safety officials from Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

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