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Early Builders Blog: LA-RICS Demonstration at the Tournament of Roses Parade

FirstNet captures significant amount of user experience and feedback from the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
February 25, 2016

By Lynn Bashaw, Director of Network Operations
As FirstNet works toward deploying the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, it is continually looking for opportunities to learn more about public safety use of broadband technologies in real-world settings. This includes learning as much as possible from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) public safety network projects as they become operational.

Early Builders Blog: Texas Sheriff's Department Uses Harris County Network

Brazos County Lieutenant Thomas Randall's office's involvement in the pilot grew out of a long-standing partnership with Harris County on their Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems.
May 13, 2015

The state of Texas entered into a Spectrum Manager Lease Agreement (SMLA) with FirstNet in August 2014 for the operation of an LTE public safety network utilizing the FirstNet licensed Band 14 frequencies. Since then, the State has worked with Harris County, Texas (Harris County) to increase awareness about the network throughout the public safety community in the Lone Star State.

Early Builders Blog: New Mexico Looks to Partner with Federal Agencies, Provide Broadband Service at Border

Members of the FirstNet management team recently paid a visit to Las Cruces, New Mexico to meet with state officials about their planning for the state’s BTOP-funded public safety broadband network.
December 19, 2014

Members of the FirstNet management team recently paid a visit to Las Cruces, New Mexico to meet with state officials about their planning for the state’s BTOP-funded public safety broadband network. While the network is not expected to be operational until mid-2015, the state of New Mexico already is providing FirstNet with a number of unique lessons learned and best practices to leverage for the planning and deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.

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