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Harlin McEwen: FirstNet Forms Local Control, Identity & Access Mgmt Teams

The First Responder Network Authority and its public safety advisory committee have created two task forces to help the agency manage governance and data access issues for the future national emergency services network. Harlin McEwen, chairman of FirstNet’s public safety advisory committee, wrote in a blog entry posted Monday the first …

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NTIA Announces $135M in Grants for First Responder Net Planning

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will provide local governments $135 million in funds to help carry out the planning stage of a nationwide first responder communications network, Emergency Management reports. NTIA will distribute funding based on on population, land mass, geography and topography, risk threat and expected level of …

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Rebecca Blank Announces First Responder Network Board Members

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has appointed new members of a board to help oversee the deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, the department announced Monday. The 15-member Board of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet will act as an independent authority within the …

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DHS to Award Research Funds for Natl. First Responder Wireless Net

The Department of Homeland Security wants to develop a wireless service for synchronizing public safety communications nationwide, NextGov reports. Aliya Sternstein writes that DHS’ security science and technology directorate‘s $8 million research opportunity is aimed at equipping authorities and first responders with data and video transmission capabilities during crises. The …

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