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FirstNet Board Members Appointed by Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank
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FirstNet Names Members of Public Safety Advisory Committee
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Public Safety Evolution
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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is designated as the State of Illinois primary point of contact for FirstNet. For additional information, contact us
On Monday, August 20, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank appointed a Board that meets these statutory requirements and that, together, has the experience and skills to carry out this important mission. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 established FirstNet, to be run by a 15-person Board of Directors. The Act names the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as permanent members of the Board. It directs the Secretary of Commerce to select the remaining 12 members, each of whom must have public safety, technical, network, and/or financial expertise, among other requirements.
WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today announced the structure and membership of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which will be comprised of 40 representatives of public safety organizations.
The Public Safety Communications Evolution graphic illustrates the evolution of public safety communications as it transitions from today’s technology to a desired long term vision of convergence. This evolution provides a conceptual framework for building wireless broadband communications while maintaining land mobile radio networks to support mission critical voice communications. This section further describes the elements of this framework, including a description of the desired converged environment and the requirements that must be met in order to achieve this desired evolution.
Stay tuned for more information including a public safety broadband statewide conference and regional workshops.
What is FirstNet?
On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed into law the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012,” which included provisions to fund and govern a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. It also called for the formation of FirstNet as an independent authority within the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to create the overarching framework for the network and secure nationwide standards for use and access to the network. The FirstNet Board is also responsible for issuing requests for proposals to build, operate, and maintain the network, and overseeing the contracts with non-federal entities to build, operate, and maintain the network.
FirstNet will ensure the participation of the public safety community in design, operation, and governance. The nationwide network should be first and foremost a public safety network linking law enforcement, emergency management, fire, public works, and EMS. Although the network may eventually be used for other purposes, public safety considerations in design, operation, and governance must be kept paramount from the outset.