Don’t Fall Victim to Fake News

Published on: June 18, 2019

Lexington, Ky. (June 18, 2019) –  The internet is a tremendous and powerful platform for researching, communicating, learning, and staying informed about news from near and afar. Whether we are checking for local stories or news from around the world, the internet has revolutionized the way we consume and share news with colleagues, friends, and family. Gone are the days …

What’s Next for FirstNet?

Published on: September 18, 2018

All 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. leaders have opted-in to the state plans for FirstNet, a national public safety network. The FirstNet network will be a reliable, secure broadband network dedicated to public safety. It will help law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS save lives and protect communities across the United States. Now that there is national buy-in …

FirstNet Goes Nationwide

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Leaders in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. have opted-in for a unified wireless broadband network that will give first responders streamlined communications and priority status during emergencies. Dubbed “FirstNet” the new public safety network was conceived after issues arose with communications during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congress passed legislation to establish the Network in …

The Clock is Ticking: Governors Have Just Two Weeks Left to Accept FirstNet’s State Plans

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Three months. That’s how long governors were given to decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the First Responder Network Authority’s plans for all U.S. states and territories. The plans detail how states and territories would become part of FirstNet—a new broadband network that will prioritize and streamline first responders’ communications during emergency response. FirstNet was developed after the 9/11 …

First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

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The following blog was first published on  on December 7, 2017.  It’s authored by Mike Worrerll, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Adivsor 

Why Vermont Opted-In for FirstNet’s State Plan

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On November 29 Vermont decided to opt-in to the FirstNet Network. Public safety communication efficiency will increase, which will provide greater community protection and a quicker response to an emergency. This highly secure wireless system is only used by first responders and emergency departments, so large pieces of data can be sent and received without slowing down the wireless signal. …

FirstNet for Large-Scale Events

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In Charlotte, NC more than 77,000 Carolina Panther fans compete with first responder and public safety personnel during games. Networks become overloaded with users when fans use the wireless connection to post pictures during the game and log into social networks. North Carolina recently joined the FirstNet and AT&T network, which allows for a strong and secure signal for emergency …

No Normal Day

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Please note: the following post was first published by  There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, according to Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people—and growing—Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That …

More Than 30 States Have Opted-in to the FirstNet Network

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Utah just became the 31st state to choose FirstNet’s state plans. Once complete, the network will streamline communications and give first responders a way to communicate across agencies and county and state lines, so they can make better decisions for public safety and their communities. Recently, South Carolina governor, Henry McMaster has opted-in to receive the FirstNet and AT&T network. …

FirstNet Strengthens Commitment to Native Americans

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The First Responder Network Authority demonstrated its commitment to Native Americans this week with the announcement of a Tribal Consultation Policy. The policy means tribal leaders will be able to share their public safety needs through a nation-to-nation relationship between FirstNet and the country’s 567 federally recognized tribes.   “This policy recognizes the importance of working directly with [Native Americans] …