Cox, Horowitz Named to FirstNet Board; McGinnis, Parker Reappointed
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker named two new members to serve three-year terms on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board and reappointed two current board members.

Neil Cox, a technology executive from Illinois, and Edward Horowitz, a venture capitalist in New York are new appointees to the FirstNet board. They replace Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina, neither of whom sought reappointment to the board.

Cox is the CEO of Repio, a company that provides an online image platform. Cox previously served as executive vice president of Qwest Communications, a partner in venture capital firm MK Capital, and an executive vice president of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC).

Horowitz is the founder and chairman of Edslink, a venture capital firm. He has also served as co-CEO of TV content provider Encompass Digital Media and other broadcast firms.

Bryan was chairman of FirstNet’s Finance Committee. The FirstNet board Monday approved a $126 million fiscal-year 2016 budget, approved by FirstNet’s Finance Committee last week.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina for their contributions to FirstNet," said FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson. "Tim joined the board at its inception and has been FirstNet's finance chair during his tenure, bringing both his financial and industry expertise to many important discussions at FirstNet. He also gave generously of this time to important governance and personnel matters. Frank joined the board last year, and in a very short time, helped shape FirstNet's acquisition process and provided much valuable input to the Finance and Technology committees.”

Kevin McGinnis, an EMS executive from Maine, and Annise Parker, mayor, city of Houston, were re-appointed to the board. McGinnis has served on the board since its inception in 2012. Parker was named to the board last year.

“I am extremely honored to be re-appointed to the board,” McGinnis said. “I have enjoyed the challenges and progress we have seen in my first three years with FirstNet. I believe, more than ever, that FirstNet will fundamentally change the way EMS is practiced. I look forward to building on the progress we have made to deploy a broadband network for public safety.”

“I appreciate the willingness of these individuals to serve our nation by lending their expertise to the task of building this historic nationwide public safety broadband network,” said Pritzker. “The board will continue the important work of ensuring our firefighters, police, and emergency responders have the most advanced technology to communicate effectively and save lives.”

FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) mandated by Congress to develop, build and operate the first nationwide wireless public-safety broadband network.

“I am confident that the FirstNet board has the right mix of individuals with varied experiences in public safety, telecommunications, finance, and state and local government to effectively oversee the FirstNet organization as it plans for the deployment of this historic network,” said Lawrence E. Strickling, NTIA administrator. “I also want to thank Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina for their service to this important mission.”

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