Press Releases

FirstNet Brings Tech Focus to Community Resiliency; Encourages Innovation for First Responders at CES 2019

January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019 (Reston, VA) – The FirstNet network is enabling more resilient communities nationwide. With more than 5,250 public safety agencies using 425,000+ connections on FirstNet today, the network is helping first responders and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

More Than 50,000 Square Miles of LTE Coverage Added Nationwide to Support AT&T and FirstNet Users

January 9, 2019

AT&T customers and FirstNet subscribers got a big boost in wireless connectivity last year. We increased the LTE coverage area for the AT&T network and FirstNet public safety communications platform by more than 50,000 square miles nationwide, covering an additional 1 million individuals.

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

December 13, 2018

(TYSONS, VA) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) capped off a year of significant progress for public safety by welcoming new members to the Board and outlining an enhanced strategic direction for the organization.

Secretary Ross Appoints FirstNet Board Members; Statements from FirstNet Chair, Appointees

October 31, 2018

RESTON, Va., October 31, 2018 - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of six individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority, including five new membersThe following are statements on today’s announcement from the FirstNet Board Chair, Edward Horowitz, and the six appointees.


Data sharing, cost savings incentivize Local EMS to adopt FirstNet

FirstNet Authority Senior EMS Advisor speaks with Dr. Paul Zeeb, Medical Director for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium in Central Ohio, and Plain Township (OH) Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp about the benefits of FirstNet for EMS.
January 16, 2019
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

FirstNet is making its mark across the country and as I meet with emergency medical services professionals, I’m pleased to hear their feedback on the initial benefits of having their own dedicated network. With more than 5,250 public safety agencies currently subscribed...

FirstNet at CES 2019: Spotlight on Technology for Building Community Resiliency

FirstNet CES 2019: Las Vegas, NV l January 8-12. Visit us at Booth #1201 Westgate in the CES Smart Cities – Resiliency Exhibit Hall.
January 4, 2019

First responders know all too well that emergencies and natural disasters can strike at any time. In 2018, communities across the nation were hit particularly hard – from Hurricanes Florence and Michael on the East Coast, to massive and destructive wildfires on the West Coast.

Remembering Ed Reynolds, a FirstNet Pioneer

Ed Reynolds served on the FirstNet Board from its inception in 2012 until 2018.  He was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2018.
January 4, 2019
By Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO

The First Responder Network Authority team is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Board member Ed Reynolds on New Year’s Day.  Ed was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame just a few months ago after an accomplished career in wireless technology spanning several decades.

FirstNet Authority’s Technology and Innovation Team Gains First-Hand Experience with Local Boulder, CO Fire Department

Firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Lab to give staff an opportunity to get hands-on with fire gear, equipment, and tools.
December 17, 2018
By Barry Leitch, Senior Device Engineer and Gigy Mammarappallil, Device Team Lead

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District (BMFPD) is a volunteer fire department that serves an area in the mountainous Front Range area just west of Boulder, Colorado.  Recently, a team of four BMFPD firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Authority offices in Boulder. 

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