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Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank Announces Board of Directors for the First Responder Network Authority

Date: 
August 20, 2012

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed twelve of the nation’s leading experts on public safety and wireless broadband communications to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet is congressionally mandated to establish a nationwide wireless broadband network that enables police, firefighters, emergency services personnel, and others in public safety to better communicate with one another during emergencies and use new technology to improve response time, keep communities safe, and save lives. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created FirstNet as an independent authority within NTIA.  The Board of Directors will be responsible for making strategic decisions regarding FirstNet’s operations.