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AT&T Announces Three Major FirstNet Service Upgrades; Jason Porter Quoted

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AT&T announced on Thursday three significant milestones for FirstNet that will support and meet first responder needs. They are a first responder-centric approach to 5G use, comprehensive tower-to-core network encryption and the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition to better support responders holistically. The final new milestone for FirstNet is the Health & Wellness Coalition. 

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Jason Porter Named President of AT&T’s Public Sector, FirstNet

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AT&T announced on Thursday that Jason Porter, has been selected to lead the company’s Public Sector business and FirstNet organization. With this announcement, Porter has formally assumed the role as the leader of AT&T’s Public Sector. Porter will continue to lead AT&T’s FirstNet business as he has done since Sept. 2019, which includes developing advanced communications capabilities for our nation’s first responders. 

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Richard Carrizzo Appointed Vice Chair at FirstNet Board

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Richard Carrizzo, fire chief at the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, has been named vice-chair of the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority's board. FirstNet said Wednesday the 35-year fire and emergency services veteran joined the board in 2018 and helped the organization grow its coverage within the public safety and fire services communities.

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Edward Parkinson: FirstNet Attains New Milestones

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Edward Parkinson, CEO of the First Responder Network Authority, said FirstNet has reached new milestones this week with the announcement of over 11K user organizations. FirstNet now has coverage across the U.S. since the public safety network's initial launch three years ago, Parkinson wrote in a blog post published Tuesday.

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Jill Singer, VP of National Security for AT&T’s Global Public Sector, Receives Fifth Wash100 Award From Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Jill Singer, vice president of National Security for AT&T’s global public sector and GovCon Expert, her fifth Wash100 Award, as a part of the 2020 selection. Executive Mosaic recognizes Singer for her efforts to advance AT&T’s critical missions in technology modernization and advancement. 

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GAO: FirstNet Must Address Lack of Contract Information Sharing

The Government Accountability Office recommends the First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet to better share information on AT&T's public safety network contract. FirstNet needs to further inform stakeholders on its oversight of the contract with AT&T for the operation of a public safety network, GAO said Monday.

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FirstNet, EDA, NIST Launch Disaster Response Competition

Three agencies within the Department of Commerce have commenced a contest on disaster response and public safety technologies. The First Responder Network Authority said Thursday it joined the Economic Development Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to launch the Accelerate R2 Network Challenge.

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FirstNet Board Welcomes Public Safety Experts Karima Holmes, Matt Slinkard

Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, has added two public safety experts to the First Responder Network Authority Board. Karima Holmes, who directs Washington, D.C.'s Office of Unified Communications, and Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of police in Houston, Texas, will join a board that oversees the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the commerce department said Thursday.

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