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Strengthening Our Nation’s Preparedness with a Public Safety Broadband Network

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By Stephen Benjamin, Chair of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) September marks the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is also National Preparedness Month, which raises awareness about the need to be ready for any and all emergencies. Both serve as poignant reminders that disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, without precedent, and that we must do our...

First Responders Need Data. Can LTE Networks Come to the Rescue?

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Urban and rural network models could tell us how first responders get critical information Push-to-Talk (PTT) radios are first responders’ primary means of communication in an emergency. These two-way radios rely on Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks to carry signals. PTT radios and LMR networks are reliable and secure, and fire, police, and other emergency response teams know these systems well...

Driving Innovation for Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery

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Jeremy Zollo, Chief Market Engagement Officer, First Responder Network Authority Every hurricane season, first responders face great challenges as they protect their communities during these storms. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) remains committed to ensuring responders have the tools they need to face these storms. From support offered by the FirstNet Authority to...

The Women of Commerce: Making a Difference in the U.S. and Around the World

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By U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo The Department of Commerce has one overarching goal: To improve America’s economic competitiveness so that our workers and our companies succeed in the global economy. And Women’s History Month is a great time to showcase the achievements of women scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, educators, and many others who have contributed to that goal and...

Ingenuity, Diversity, and Expertise: The Benefits of Women as Leaders

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By Lisa Casias, Deputy CEO, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Working with strong female leaders has been a highlight of my career at the U.S. Department of Commerce. I’ve been enriched personally and professionally by the unique perspectives and experiences of these women. At the FirstNet Authority, we are privileged to be led by many women who bring ingenuity, diversity...

FirstNet at 10: A Decade of Dedication to Public Safety

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By Edward Parkinson, CEO, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Broadband has become the lifeblood of our economy. It is also essential to our national security and public safety, a fact that first responders recognized many years ago. The tragedies of September 11th revealed fundamental problems with the communication systems used by our nation’s first responders. They needed a...

Voices From the Frontlines: FirstNet Provides Flexibility and Interoperability for Emergency Management During Pandemic

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The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) This blog is a part of the First Responder Network Authority’s #FrontlineVoices series, a collection of stories from first responders serving on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about FirstNet supporting the pandemic response at firstnet.gov/pandemic. First responders have...

Celebrating Our Nation’s First Responders

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By Edward Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer, First Responder Network Authority First responders face challenges every day with grit, determination, and selflessness. We are thankful for the work they do to protect our communities, especially as a global pandemic has added extra obstacles, restrictions, danger, and stress to their mission. During this worldwide health crisis, natural disasters and...

Secretary Raimondo Appoints 11 Leaders to FirstNet Board, Names New Board Chair

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the appointment of 11 leaders in public safety, technology and finance to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Secretary Raimondo also named Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, as the FirstNet Authority’s new Board Chair. The appointed members, along with current Board member...

Honoring First Responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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Guest blog post by Edward Parkinson, CEO First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Soon after the planes hit the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, Brad Morrell deployed from Utah to New York City as part of an urban search and rescue team. Aboard the military airlift transporting rescuers, Brad remembers seeing otherwise empty skies except for the fighter jets escorting...