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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...

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown:” Flood Safety Advice from NOAA

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Flooding affects every region differently, but it poses a threat to every state, from coast to coast. Floods can occur due to high tides in coastal areas, heavy rain, overflowing rivers, or storm surge associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. Floods are dangerous and costly. In 2021, U.S. flood fatalities reached 145 and over the past 40 years, flooding has cost about $4 billion per year in...

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...

U.S. – U.K. Joint Statement on Deepening the Data Partnership

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Today, the United States Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo and the U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Nadine Dorries issued the following statement on their governments’ shared commitment to deepening the UK-U.S. data partnership to realize a more peaceful and prosperous future by promoting the trustworthy use and exchange of data across borders: “The UK and the U.S. can...

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...

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...