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CBP’s Wolf Tombe: FirstNet Could Expand Border Comms Services

Wolf Tombe
Wolf Tombe

Wolf Tombe, Customs and Border Protection’s chief technology officer, sees the FirstNet broadband network expanding the coverage of communications services at the border for emergencies and public safety operations, FCW reported Wednesday.

Mark Rockwell writes the First Responder Network Authority system is designed to provide wireless communications for emergency responders nationwide using a 700 MHz spectrum and Long Term Evolution services.

“We’re looking to leverage FirstNet and looking at what it could do,” Tombe told an AFCEA DC panel discussion.

The Commerce Department oversees the network and development is underway for the program’s business plan and staffing, according to the report.

Margie Graves, deputy chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, and Tombe also said the DHS plans to develop mobile applications, FCW reports.

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