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Illinois to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Rauner Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

December 18, 2017

llinois is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Bruce Rauner announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools to help Illinois’ first responders save lives and protect communities.

South Dakota to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Daugaard Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

December 15, 2017

South Dakota is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community.

Wisconsin to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Walker Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

December 15, 2017

Wisconsin is moving to advance first responder communications. Today, Governor Scott Walker announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

FirstNet Launches Ruthless Preemption for First Responders

December 12, 2017

FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, now features ruthless preemption (preemption) services for first responder subscribers across the country. This highly anticipated, specialized offering is now available to first responders in states and territories that have opted in to the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan and have subscribed to FirstNet service.

Blogs

PSAC Winter 2017 Meeting; Looking Ahead to 2018

(from left to right) PSAC Executive Committee Member Paul Patrick, PSAC Chair Tom Sorley, and FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson at the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta
December 15, 2017
Kenzie Capece, FirstNet Senior Outreach Advisor

Yesterday, members of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) met in Atlanta, Georgia, for their final meeting of 2017.  Over 30 PSAC members were in attendance, along with FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and several members of the Board and FirstNet staff.

First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

Excitement for the FirstNet Network continues to grow across the country with <a href="https://firstnet.gov/the-governors-decision-media-kit">more than 35 states</a> having joined the network already.
December 7, 2017

Virginia became the first state or territory to “opt in” and participate in the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public safety broadband network. This dedicated, interoperable, data communications network will enhance emergency response operations throughout the fire and emergency service for years to come.

FirstNet for Emergency Response: Improved Incident Information will Benefit Responders and Public

FirstNet will become a platform for emergency managers during incidents and major events.
November 29, 2017

Article originally appeared inIAEM Bulletin's October Issue

Lives of citizens and responders depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disasters and emergencies. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile broadband network, modernizing public safety communications to keep first responders connected on a single, nationwide network when it counts the most.

An Unstoppable Communications Option for Charlotte Emergency Management

The ability to communicate seamlessly when networks become overloaded and inaccessible is critical for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services.
November 16, 2017
By Ehrin Ehlert, FirstNet Region 4 Lead (KY, NC, SC, TN)

What happens when public safety has to compete for a wireless signal with more than 77,000 fans at a Carolina Panthers football game? It’s not a win for first responders.

During big games in North Carolina and large-scale events across the country, police, fire and paramedics have to compete with the general public for a wireless signal, making connectivity difficult and putting the public at risk should an emergency arise.

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