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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.

FirstNet Momentum: More Than 3,600 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

October 23, 2018

More than 3,600 public safety agencies across the country have now joined FirstNet. That’s a nearly 50% increase in the number of agencies subscribing to the nationwide public safety communications platform in less than 2 months.

Edward Parkinson Named Acting Chief Executive Officer of First Responder Network Authority

October 1, 2018

(Reston VA) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that Edward Parkinson will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer, following the recent resignation of Mike Poth, who had served as CEO since 2015.


Guam Workshop Highlights FirstNet Capabilities for Island Communities

FirstNet Authority holds technology and operations workshop in Guam with about 80 public safety stakeholders.
December 3, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs

Last week, the First Responder Network Authority held an Agency Operations and Technology Workshop in Tamuning, Guam, with nearly 80 public safety stakeholders in attendance.  Local, federal, and military agencies participated in the conference with representation from Guam’s Emergency Management, Fire, Police, DoD, and military.  Representatives from American Samoa and Hawaii also participated in the conference.

Todd Early To Chair the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Todd Early and Edward Horowitz participate in a 2016 PSAC meeting with FirstNet.
November 20, 2018
Edward Horowitz, FirstNet Board Chair

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Early as the new Chair of First Responder Network Authority’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). 

PSAC’s New Approach to Working with the FirstNet Authority, AT&T

PSAC meets with the FirstNet Authority at its Summer meeting in June 2018.
November 14, 2018
By Kenzie Capece, Senior Public Safety Advisor

This year, the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) debuted new methods of working with the FirstNet Authority and its partner, AT&T, on advising their work towards the FirstNet mission.  With the FirstNet network realized in 2018, this is bringing a new focus and flurry of work and activity to the PSAC in their advisory role.        

Washington County, MD turns to FirstNet during critical incident response

During an event marking one year of FirstNet in the State of Maryland, Sheriff Mullendore discusses how the network is benefited Washington County during severe flooding in the spring of 2018.
November 7, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead, First Responder Network Authority

The Washington County Sheriff’s office is leading the nation on transforming public safety communications and is putting FirstNet to use serving rural communities. The agency was among the first in the nation – and the very first in the State of Maryland – to subscribe to the nationwide public safety broadband network.

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