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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of two leaders in public safety and law enforcement to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). The new members bring the FirstNet Board to a full complement, with 12 non-permanent members selected by the Department of Commerce and three permanent seats filled by the Attorney General...

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