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Looking Back at IWCE

Chief Johnson and Chief Dowd talk to members of the audience after their IWCE panel discussion.
April 1, 2014

Another successful IWCE is in the books. Congratulations to the organizers for putting together a strong lineup, including several tracks on the nationwide public safety broadband network. The FirstNet team saw a great deal of innovation and information sharing last week – on the floor of the exhibit hall, during many of the panels and sessions, and in the hallway conversations that took place throughout the convention center. Our General Manager, Bill D’Agostino, shared his initial impressions in a message he posted on the website last Thursday.

IWCE Observations

FirstNet GM Bill D'Agostino checks out some gear at IWCE.
March 27, 2014

The IWCE Conference continues today, with a number of opportunities to learn about the value and progress of FirstNet. This is my first time attending IWCE, and so far it has lived up to expectations, and then some.

FirstNet Goes To IWCE

FirstNet GM Bill D'Agostino and Deputy General Manger TJ Kennedy deliver keynote at IWCE Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
March 26, 2014

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continued to promote the Authority’s strategic roadmap at this week’s annual International Wireless Conference and Expo (IWCE). FirstNet officials exchanged information with thousands of representatives from the public safety community, agencies from all levels of government, and the vendor community. FirstNet officials also delivered the keynote presentation at Wednesday’s IWCE session, highlighting how current planning and partnership development projects will help equip first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools.

FirstNet: Deploying a Resilient Broadband Network for the Nation’s First Responders

FirstNet: Deploying a Resilient Broadband Network for the Nation’s First Responders

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting General Manager
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent entity within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, was established by Congress to develop a nationwide broadband network for the millions of first responders whose mission requires them to be resilient every time they are called to duty. Whether they are responding to day-to-day emergencies – such as traffic accidents – or large-scale disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, the nation’s firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical services are critical to ensuring our safety and security during all types of hazards.

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