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House Holds Hearing for FirstNet Updates

By Amanda Murphy

The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on February 2 to discuss the progress of FirstNet. The hearing was an opportunity to review and better understand the recent release of FirstNet’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the nation’s first public safety broadband network. The hearing was also an opportunity to discuss concerns expressed by RFP candidate organizations as well as information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assist in clarifying the state “opt out” provision to allow states to make an informed decision on accepting FirstNet’s plan.

In the hearing’s opening statement, Honorable Greg Walden, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman, stated:

With the January 13th release of the Request for Proposal to award a contract for the deployment and operation of the network, FirstNet has achieved its most crucial milestone to date, and within the timeframe promised by Chairman Sue Swenson. I commend Ms. Swenson, the FirstNet Board and the staff of FirstNet for reaching this milestone…

A video recording of the hearing is available online at, as well as text from the opening statements and witness testimony from David Furth, Deputy Chief Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for the FCC, and TJ Kennedy, President of FirstNet.

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), had 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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