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September 21, 2018 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chair Edward Horowitz named Richard Stanek vice chair of the FirstNet Board, effective immediately.

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September 18, 2018 | Comments
Coverage, reliability and security are the top concerns for first responders for adopting commercial networks, according to an industry survey, and a market research executive said he doesn’t expect Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to replace LMR for the next 10 to 15 years.

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September 18, 2018 | Comments
The 2018 Winter Institute will be held Oct. 22 – 26 at Disaster City on the campus of Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas. This year’s programming will include the Winter Institute exercise, a public-safety broadband workshop and Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) grant recipient support.

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September 14, 2018 | Comments
AT&T announced it will offer the latest iPhones — iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — introduced this week by Apple to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers. The phones support 700 MHz band 14.

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September 13, 2018 | Comments
AT&T and the city of Los Angeles are in talks regarding a smart city public-private partnership using internet of things (IoT) technology and deployment of small cell technology, with public safety as a main driver.

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September 11, 2018 | Comments
A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) executive offered details on the FirstNet uplift request features of the local control portal available to FirstNet subscribers. The uplift request tool offers local public-safety officials the ability to uplift a device’s priority level during emergencies or incidents.

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September 05, 2018 | Comments
Edward Horowitz was named chair of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) for a two-year term, and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth will leave his position at the end of September.

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August 29, 2018 | Comments
More than 2,500 public-safety agencies across the country have joined the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an increase from the 1,500 agencies reported in July. AT&T reported 150,000 FirstNet connections or subscribers compared with 110,000 connections in July.

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August 21, 2018 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T executives criticized a July 6 Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB) filing on public-safety interoperability in emails to officials in the Governor’s Office, and an AT&T executive suggested collusion between a Colorado state official and Verizon, according to emails obtained from a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request.

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August 20, 2018 | Comments
The chairwoman and vice chair of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) resigned. Board Chair Sue Swenson and Vice Chair Jeffrey Johnson notified Assistant Secretary of Commerce David Redl of their resignation. In addition, more than half of the nonpermanent board members will be replaced.

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