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FirstNet Momentum: More Than 1,000 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

June 21, 2018

First responders championed the creation of FirstNet. And now that it's here, they continue to show their support. More than 1,000 public safety agencies across 52 states and territories have joined FirstNet, nearly doubling the network's adoption since April.

Global Government Leaders Forum Highlights Innovation in Public Safety Broadband

May 24, 2018

BRUSSELS, the 24th of May 2018 – Wireless broadband is transforming communications for emergency responders worldwide. Today, government leaders from more than 20 countries gathered to discuss their experiences, challenges, and solutions for deploying broadband networks to help first responders communicate.

FirstNet Buildout Launches Nationwide as Public Safety Core Nears Delivery

March 7, 2018

FirstNet’s nationwide footprint is expanding. The First Responder Network Authority has given its partner, AT&T, the green light to build out FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. This includes deploying public safety’s dedicated spectrum – Band 14 – across statewide radio access networks in states and territories across the country.

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

February 8, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of four individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority, including three new membersThe following are statements on today’s announcement from the FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and the four appointees.

Blogs

Connecting Communities through Strong Mobile Networks Improves Services and Safety

The vision of the FirstNet network aligns with the vision for smart cities, in which enhanced and connected communication tools give public safety better situational awareness and better outcomes for those they serve.
July 13, 2018
By Jeanette Kennedy, First Responder Network Authority Government Affairs and William Schrier, First Responder Network Authority Senior Advisor

The First Responder Network Authority recently participated in the Smart Cities workshop in Las Vegas, hosted by US Ignite on May 30. Local governments and industry came together to discuss public safety solutions in light of smart city deployments. Leaders from Albuquerque (NM), Boise (ID), Lafayette (KY), Las Vegas and Henderson (NV), and Portland (OR) attended and shared examples of how they are deploying smart city solutions in their communities.

Tech Talk: La Jolla, CA, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

3GPP plenary meetings took place  June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA
July 11, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

Helping America Celebrate a Safe and Happy 4th of July

Securing Fourth of July celebrations is just one example of how public safety is using FirstNet.
June 28, 2018
By Dave Faulkner Regional Lead IX

As most Americans make plans to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, first responders across the country are preparing to work around the clock to keep communities safe.

Smooth Sailing for FirstNet at Volvo Ocean Race

“When we tried the new technology that came out of FirstNet and applied it to [the Volvo Ocean Race], tracking public safety entities in the venue was great for situational awareness,” said Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
June 20, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists and sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 

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