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FirstNet Gives Update to Senate Commerce Committee

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified on Tuesday in a hearing titled “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network." The hearing was before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. During the hearing, the Inspector General’s Office presented three major challenges they have identified that FirstNet will face and need to address in order for the nationwide public safety broadband network to succeed—acquisition management, consultations with states and other localities, and internal control.

FirstNet has posted video of the hearing on its website, along with the complete written testimony of Mr. Poth. This can be found at


Connect Iowa, in partnership with the ISICSB, has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.


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