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FirstNet is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe. The FirstNet network will help to solve the communications challenges that public safety personnel have faced in responding to local emergencies, as well as large scale emergencies such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Through an innovative public-private partnership, the FirstNet network will be a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network for fire, law enforcement, EMS and other public safety personnel. Learn how to get involved with FirstNet in your state, visit http://FirstNet.gov/consultation. ------ Comment Policy: We encourage comments. We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won't post comments that: -contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target protected classes; -promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable); -are far off-topic; -make unsupported accusations; -promote commercial websites or services.

Mission: The First Responder Network Authority's mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.

The #FirstNetAuthority Board approved the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which will support #publicsafety engagement,  continu...
08/15/2019
FirstNet Authority Board Approves FY20 Budget | First Responder Network Authority

The #FirstNetAuthority Board approved the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which will support #publicsafety engagement, continued oversight of the deployment of #FirstNet, and future investments in the network.

Learn more: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/firstnet-authority-board-approves-fy20-budget

The FirstNet Authority Board today approved a budget for the organizations operations in Fiscal Year 2020, with a focus on supporting public safety engagement, continued oversight of the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network, and future investments in the network.

08/14/2019
Highlights from APCO 2019

It was another great year at #APCO2019 — from connecting with public safety to learning about emerging tech to sharing updates on the #FirstNetAuthority Roadmap!

Thank you APCO International for the opportunity to share how #FirstNet is benefiting public safety nationwide! #FirstNetatAPCO

Our team traveled across the nation, talking to first responders about what broadband communications means for public sa...
08/13/2019
FirstNet Authority Releases Public Safety-Driven Roadmap for Future of Network | First Responder Network Authority

Our team traveled across the nation, talking to first responders about what broadband communications means for public safety. They gave us important insight into what capabilities public safety needs most. This feedback served as the foundation of a document that will chart our path forward and drive our work for the next five years and beyond.

Meet the FirstNet Authority Roadmap.

https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/firstnet-authority-releases-public-safety-driven-roadmap-future-network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) marked a significant milestone today with release of a new Roadmap for the future of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network.

This morning marked a major milestone for the FirstNet Authority and public safety with the release of the FirstNet Auth...
08/13/2019

This morning marked a major milestone for the FirstNet Authority and public safety with the release of the FirstNet Authority Roadmap. #FirstNetAuthority Board Chair Edward Horowitz announced the release of this guiding document at #APCO2019.

Learn more about the Roadmap at https://www.firstnet.gov/network/roadmap

#WeServeYou #FirstNetatAPCO

FirstNet Momentum — Nearly 9,000 public safety agencies have joined the network, which features new public safety apps, ...
08/13/2019
FirstNet Momentum: Platform Passes 750,000 Connections, Performs Faster Than Any Commercial Network for Second Consecutive Quarter | First Responder Network Authority

FirstNet Momentum — Nearly 9,000 public safety agencies have joined the network, which features new public safety apps, greater coverage, and stronger signals thanks to high-power user equipment. Learn about recent changes: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/firstnet-momentum-platform-passes-750000-connections-performs-faster-any #WeServeYou

FirstNet continues to gain rapid momentum with over 750,000 device connections being used by more than 9,000 public safety agencies.

08/12/2019
A Special Announcement from the FirstNet Authority

TOMORROW: Stay tuned for a special announcement from the #FirstNetAuthority!

Join FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz in person at the #APCO2019 Distinguished Achievers Breakfast, or follow along online with #FirstNetatAPCO.

#WeServeYou — During the development of two new cell sites in Warren County, NC, the #FirstNetAuthority and AT&T worked ...
08/10/2019

#WeServeYou — During the development of two new cell sites in Warren County, NC, the #FirstNetAuthority and AT&T worked with state and public safety officials to determine where coverage was needed most. Now, first responders have access to a reliable network so they can connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.

Learn more: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/new-firstnet-cell-sites-launch-warren-county-support-public-safety

#RuralBroadband #FirstNet

SAVE THE DATE: The #FirstNetAuthority Board and Finance Committee Meeting is next Thursday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p....
08/09/2019
FirstNet Authority Board and the Finance Committee of the FirstNet Authority Board, August 2019 | First Responder Network Authority

SAVE THE DATE: The #FirstNetAuthority Board and Finance Committee Meeting is next Thursday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. For more info, visit: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/events/firstnet-authority-board-and-finance-committee-firstnet-authority-board-august-2019

The Board of the First Responder Network Authority will convene a meeting of the FirstNet Authority Board and the Finance Committee of the FirstNet Authority Board that will be open to the public via teleconference and WebEx on August 15, 2019.

08/07/2019
New FirstNet Cell Sites Launch in Warren County (NC) to Support Public Safety

Warren County (NC) first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of two new, purpose-built cell sites.

Watch our latest video to hear Congressman G. K. Butterfield describe how these #infrastructure investments will benefit public safety and #RuralAmerica. Learn more about the new cell sites at: https://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/new-firstnet-cell-sites-launch-warren-county-support-public-safety

#RuralBroadband #TechforGood #FirstNet

FirstNet unveiled two new cell sites in Warren County North Carolina today. These purpose-built sites will boost coverag...
08/07/2019
New FirstNet Cell Sites Launch in Warren County to Support Public Safety; Congressman G. K. Butterfield and First Responder Network Authority Join Unveiling | First Responder Network Authority

FirstNet unveiled two new cell sites in Warren County North Carolina today. These purpose-built sites will boost coverage and capacity in the area and give first responders access to a reliable broadband network with advanced technological tools and capabilities.

#FirstNetAuthority Board member Brig. General Welton Chase, Jr. (ret.) was joined by Congressman G. K. Butterfield to announce the cell sites and discuss what it means for Warren County and North Carolina as a whole. Learn more at: https://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/press-releases/new-firstnet-cell-sites-launch-warren-county-support-public-safety

#FirstNet #RuralBroadband #NorthCarolina

Warren County’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of 2 new, purpose-built cell sites. The sites – located in Warrenton and near Lake Gaston – are part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in North Carolina, which is bringing...

Are you heading to #FRI2019? Don't miss your chance to connect with our team and learn how #FirstNet is transforming eme...
08/05/2019

Are you heading to #FRI2019? Don't miss your chance to connect with our team and learn how #FirstNet is transforming emergency communications and operations nationwide.

#FirstNetatFRI

Our summer newsletters have arrived! Stay up-to-date on what's happening in the 9-1-1, Emergency Management, EMS, Fire S...
08/04/2019

Our summer newsletters have arrived! Stay up-to-date on what's happening in the 9-1-1, Emergency Management, EMS, Fire Services, and Law Enforcement communities – check out the latest issues and subscribe at --> https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/newsletters

08/03/2019
Brazos County (TX) Sheriff's Office Deputy Nathan Dennis on FirstNet

When an emergency occurs, commercial networks often become clogged, making it difficult for public safety to communicate. FirstNet's priority and preemption features enable first responders to communicate without interruption, keeping responders connected when lives depend on it.

Watch the full video to learn how the Brazos County (TX) Sheriff's Office is taking advantage of these and other features to enhance situational awareness and improve response: https://youtu.be/RddhoUt2HqM

#WhyFirstNet #FirstNetinAction

Our team is heading to Baltimore from Aug. 11-14 to participate in APCO International's 85th Annual Conference and Expo!...
08/03/2019

Our team is heading to Baltimore from Aug. 11-14 to participate in APCO International's 85th Annual Conference and Expo! The #FirstNetAuthority will be hosting a number of panels throughout the conference featuring discussions on #FirstNet and emerging public safety technologies.

For details on our whereabouts throughout #APCO2019, visit: https://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/connect-first-responder-network-authority-apco-2019

#FirstNetatAPCO

New podcasts are on their way! Subscribe to our #PublicSafetyFirst podcast to catch the latest episode, and check out ou...
08/03/2019

New podcasts are on their way! Subscribe to our #PublicSafetyFirst podcast to catch the latest episode, and check out our archive to hear from public safety leaders about emerging tech for first responders --> https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/podcast

"For many of us working in #EMS or other public safety disciplines, we have experienced the promise of technology over t...
08/02/2019

"For many of us working in #EMS or other public safety disciplines, we have experienced the promise of technology over the last 20-plus years. Now, public safety broadband technology is on the verge of revolutionizing the way we care for our patients—whether it’s #telemedicine bringing the capabilities of hospital care directly to an emergency response vehicle, into a patient’s home, or across vast rural areas, or having the ability to access electronic patient records via the patient care report database."

#FirstNetAuthority Board member Paul Patrick discusses the evolution of public safety technology and how FirstNet is transforming emergency comms in our new blog via JEMS - Emergency Medical Services: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/working-together-transform-public-safety-communications

#TechforGood #RuralBroadband #WeServeYou

FirstNet Authority at #APCO2019: Join #FirstNetAuthority Sr. Public Safety Advisor Kristi Wilde on Monday, Aug. 12 as sh...
08/01/2019

FirstNet Authority at #APCO2019: Join #FirstNetAuthority Sr. Public Safety Advisor Kristi Wilde on Monday, Aug. 12 as she and a panel of emergency communications experts discuss implementing #FirstNet services in emergency communications centers.

Learn more about Kristi's panel and all #FirstNetAuthority sessions at APCO International's annual conference and expo at: https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/connect-first-responder-network-authority-apco-2019

#FirstNetatAPCO

#FRI2019 starts in less than one week! Connect with #FirstNetAuthority staff throughout the conference, and check out ou...
08/01/2019

#FRI2019 starts in less than one week! Connect with #FirstNetAuthority staff throughout the conference, and check out our Aug. 8 panel with Fire Service expert Mike Worrell and Sr. Public Safety Advisor Kevin Nida as they talk about LMR-LTE integration.

#FirstNetatFRI IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs

08/01/2019
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Lieutenant Jeff Ackerman of the Duck (NC) Police Department shares his experience working with FirstNet in new video. #WeServeYou

“Our previous communications carrier, you always had someone you could reach, but I never felt like I had a partner . . . that really all changed when we got on board with FirstNet.” We understand your collaboration needs.

Our team is gearing up for APCO International's Annual Conference & Expo! This year's conference will feature the first-...
07/31/2019
Connect with the First Responder Network Authority at APCO 2019 | First Responder Network Authority

Our team is gearing up for APCO International's Annual Conference & Expo! This year's conference will feature the first-ever #FirstNet track, including a keynote address from #FirstNetAuthority Board Chair Edward Horowitz.

Check out our blog for a full list of our panels, which will address hot topics like #NG911, #RuralBroadband, and public safety apps:

https://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/connect-first-responder-network-authority-apco-2019

#FirstNetatAPCO

A sure sign of summer is the arrival of APCO International's Annual Conference and Expo!

#FirstNetAuthority 9-1-1 expert John Hunt will be at #APCO2019, discussing the future of #NG911 and #FirstNet. Join him ...
07/29/2019
FirstNet: Transforming the Future of Emergency Communications | APCO 2019

#FirstNetAuthority 9-1-1 expert John Hunt will be at #APCO2019, discussing the future of #NG911 and #FirstNet. Join him on Aug. 11 to learn how emergency communications are evolving to include a 360-degree view of an incident, improving situational awareness for all involved.

Details at: https://www.apco2019.org/education/firstnet-transforming-the-future-of-emergency-communications/

APCO International is celebrating its 84th Annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, August 2018.

This week, Montour County (PA) announced it is joining the FirstNet network, giving first responders and county employee...
07/28/2019
Pa. county switches to FirstNet for first responders

This week, Montour County (PA) announced it is joining the FirstNet network, giving first responders and county employees aiding first responders "100% connectivity along with data, hot spots and text messaging."

More via EMS1: https://www.ems1.com/firstnet/articles/394409048-Pa-county-switches-to-FirstNet-for-first-responders/

#FirstNetTrailblazer #AlwaysOn #WhyFirstNet

The county will start using AT&T wireless phone services and will save $360 a month compared to the Verizon rates the county was paying

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