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FirstNet President TJ Kennedy to Step Down, Rejoin Private Sector

T.J. Kennedy, president of the First Responder Network Authority, will depart his role by the end of the year and return to the private sector, Urgent Communications reported. The report said Kennedy plans to continue working toward public safety communications goals after he leaves FirstNet. “I’m not leaving this area, this industry …

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GAO Recommends FirstNet to Address Tribal Stakeholders’ Concerns on Public-Safety Broadband Network

The Government Accountability Office urged the First Responder Network Authority in June to consider tribal stakeholders’ concerns regarding the future Public-Safety Broadband Network and evaluate long-term staffing requirements for the effort. GAO said in a report published Thursday that FirstNet has opened a test lab for public safety devices and applications …

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FCC Sets Dec. 28 Deadline for FirstNet Opt-Out Notice Submissions

The Federal Communications Commission has given 52 states and territories until Dec. 28 to decide whether to accept or opt out of the First Responder Network Authority’s plan to build a national public safety network in partnership with AT&T. FCC said Monday the 90-day opt-out decision period commended Friday after FirstNet informed …

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FCC Issues Requirements for FirstNet Opt-Out States

The Federal Communications Commission has defined standards that the agency will use to assess broadband networks of U.S. states that are opting out of the First Responder Network Authority’s national public safety network, MeriTalk reported Thursday. FCC will evaluate states’ requests to use their own networks through a two-pronged review system. The agency …

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FirstNet Board OKs $74M Fiscal 2018 Public Safety Network Budget

The First Responder Network Authority Board has approved a fiscal year 2018 budget of $73.5 million to fund FirstNet’s efforts to deploy, operate and manage a nationwide public safety broadband network. FirstNet said Thursday the amount is 13 percent lower than the agency’s current funding level as a result of its …

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Tom Sorley to Chair FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Panel

Tom Sorley, vice chair of the First Responder Network Authority’s public safety advisory committee over the past four years, has been appointed as chair of the panel. FirstNet said Monday the more than 30-year public safety veteran will lead PSAC and its efforts to help the agency uphold its goal to create a nationwide broadband network …

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NASCIO Unveils Federal Advocacy Priorities for 2017

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has listed its 2017 federal advocacy priorities based on state CIOs’ policy priorities as well as opportunities to work with Congress and the executive branch. NASCIO said Wednesday it will push for intergovernmental cybersecurity partnership; flexibility in federal funding regulations; information sharing and safeguards; and the …

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