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FirstNet Enabled Location Services: Enhancing Situational Awareness and Improving Public Safety Outcomes

FirstNet, public safety’s dedicated, nationwide broadband network, is opening the door to life-changing mobile technology never before available to public safety in the field.
July 25, 2018

This blog is the first in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Being built by AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need- every day, in every emergency.

Public Safety Advocacy: Harnessing the Power of Public Safety Input for their Network

Over the past six months, the FirstNet Authority’s Public Safety Advocacy team has participated in more than 500 engagements reaching more than 28,000 stakeholders across the nation.
July 19, 2018
By Dave Buchanan, Executive Director, Public Safety Advocacy

The FirstNet Authority has consulted with hundreds of thousands of first responders across the nation throughout the development of FirstNet—from the early stages of planning an approach, to the development of a Request for Proposal to build the network, to the award of the contract in March 2017.

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.


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