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FirstNet 2015: Year in Review

By Sarah Hagen

In a blog post from Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice Chair, he outlines the progress the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has made in 2015. Many impactful steps were taken to forward FirstNet’s efforts to deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Beginning in July of 2014, FirstNet completed initial consultations with 55 states and territories in 2015. These initial consultations provide valuable feedback from first responders across the U.S. who will actually use the FirstNet network.

Johnson also remarks on New Mexico, Ruidoso, Little Bear Fire and Vermont’s experience with Hartford Fire Department which “relies heavily on data applications that require a strong broadband connection as well as computer-aided dispatch data that’s sent via a mobile application to laptops in fire trucks.” These experiences showed first responders the importance of FirstNet first hand.

For the full blog and 2015 updates, click HERE

About FirstNet:  The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of this network.

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