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NASCIO Priorities for 2017 Include FirstNet

By Connected Nation

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) includes FirstNet as a 2017 advocacy priority.  State CIOs are often the single point of contact for FirstNet. Coordination with states and governors will be critical in 2017 as governors must decide to “opt-in or opt-out” of the FirstNet network.

Read the full NASCIO release here.


Video: Rural and Urban Communities Need Dedicated First Responder Network

By Amanda Murphy

The ability to share information in real-time is critical to successful safety and first response. This brief video demonstrates the importance of fluid and secure network connections for high impact coordination of first response resources. The subject matter expert in the video correctly states that citizens for the most part assume the capability for first responders to seamlessly share information across multiple platforms is already in place. FirstNet is key to making it happen.

Watch the video.


Discussing Public Safety Technology at CES 2017

By Amanda Murphy

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is where the world’s consumer technologies are showcased for 50 years. The 2017 event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5-8. Amidst the many new and exciting technological innovations was a discussion on public safety technology and what’s next. FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy and other public safety professionals joined the panel discussion and explained how broadband can power a public safety transformation.

$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network.

FirstNet Will Move Quickly Once Vendor is Awarded

By Amanda Murphy

Though the announcement by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as to the private telecommunications company chosen to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network has been delayed, FirstNet leaders say they are ready to move aggressively once the announcement is made.

“We have the rigor in place. We are an up-and-running organization just as Congress intended,” FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said at the organization’s quarterly meeting held Dec. 14. “We are here and it’s done, and we are ready.”

FirstNet Outlines First 100-Days

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released an outline of plans for the first 100 days of its public-private partnership. During the FirstNet Board of Directors meeting held in Sacramento, California, officials discussed key items to highlight the organization’s readiness to deploy operations. These items included:

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Video: FirstNet State Plan Considerations

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released an informative video about the upcoming process of State plans for deploying the Radio Access Network (RAN) in each state, along with key items to be considered.

AppFest 2016

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a co-sponsor of the upcoming 2016 AppFest being held in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. According to FirstNet’s Facebook page, the event will highlight data-rich apps tailored to the specific needs of first responders.  

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