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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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FirstNet Opens Public Safety Network Test Lab in Colorado

The First Responder Network Authority has opened a test laboratory in Boulder, Colorado as part of FirstNet’s preparation for the implementation of a national emergency services network. The FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab will serve as a hub for the agency and its contractor to test public safety features, devices and applications prior …

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FirstNet to Award Grants for 8 Public Safety Entities Under Band 14 Relocation Program

The First Responder Network Authority has awarded grants worth $26.8 million to eight public safety entities under a program to provide financial assistance for relocating existing radios and systems. FirstNet said Thursday it will provide funds from the Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant Program to organizations that have relocated from Band 14 prior …

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NTIA Requests Feedback on FirstNet Spectrum Capacity Lease, Grant Application Guide

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released preliminary guidance on how states can lease spectrum capacity from the First Network Responder Authority’s proposed nationwide emergency services network. The draft guide published Tuesday in the Federal Register outlines the NTIA’s process to evaluate a state’s application for authority to negotiate a spectrum capacity lease agreement with FirstNet and …

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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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NASCIO Vows to Support Govt Push for Cybersecurity, Data Sharing, FirstNet Programs

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers plans to launch advocacy efforts this year to encourage adoption of cybersecurity strategies, a public safety broadband network and an information exchange framework at state government agencies. NASCIO said Jan. 12 it will collaborate with federal regulators in a bid to address “silo” or “stove-pipe” …

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Jeff Johnson: FirstNet Sets Path Toward National Broadband Network Development

Jeff Johnson, vice chair of the First Responder Network Authority board, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday the agency has implemented initiatives during 2015 to prepare for the construction and implementation of a nationwide public-safety broadband network. He said FirstNet consulted with federal, state, local and tribal government organizations to gather ideas on …

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