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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Six Leadership Appointments to Board of FirstNet First Responder Network Authority

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

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Job creation is fundamental to our mission. American workers thrive when they are free to develop our abundant natural resources, leverage broadband, use secure digital technology, and are not burdened by excessive regulations. We create these conditions and facilitate job creation through increased exports and foreign direct investment (FDI). Exports and FDI are proven job generators. Exported...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Appoints Public Safety, Business Leaders to the First Responder Network Authority Board

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of four members to serve on the Board of the FirstNet Responder Network Authority. The appointees are leading experts in the fields of public safety, wireless broadband technology, and network engineering. The Board will oversee the activities of FirstNet to ensure that AT&T develops, builds, and operates a nationwide...

Building a National Network for First Responder Communication

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is working to modernize the communications infrastructure used by first responders across the nation. With all 50 states and Washington, D.C., joining FirstNet, they are moving forward to deploy a modern, mobile-broadband LTE network for public safety with their private-sector partner, AT&T. In this blog, we explore how FirstNet can benefit one...

Supporting President Trump’s Vision for Expanding Broadband in Rural America

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This week, President Trump attended the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., to announce the recommendations of the interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity . Secretary Wilbur Ross is a member of the Task Force, which was created by executive order in April 2017 to identify ways to boost economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America....

All 50 States Choose FirstNet Public-Private Partnership for Public Safety Broadband Network

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have accepted FirstNet and AT&T’s proposals to design and build a broadband network for the public safety community. Guam, the Pacific Territories of American Samoa, and the Mariana Islands have until March 12,...

NTIA Data Offers Window Into Understanding Veterans’ Computer and Internet Use

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By Giulia McHenry, Chief Economist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband can play an essential role in supporting veterans by providing access to services and helping them to establish a stable and fulfilling civilian life. As we honor our veterans this week, we take seriously our responsibility to ensure their seamless transition civilian life and recognize...

NIST Awards $38.5 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

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The following is a cross-post from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. “Through programs like FirstNet , President Trump and this...

FirstNet Shares Best Practices on Public Safety with Global Peers

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The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) blog By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet President Americans are now learning about the public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T that is working to bring a dedicated, wireless broadband network to public safety nationwide (“FirstNet”). What they may not know is that other countries are pursuing similar nationwide...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces FirstNet Public-Private Partnership

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Today, the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. This record-breaking public-private partnership to build a $46.5 billion wireless broadband network for America’s first responders will modernize emergency communications infrastructure,...