OEC Outreach Clips: CES 2017: Officials Talk FirstNet, Public Safety Technology, Source Government Technology

As electronics giants revealed their latest partnerships and products at CES 2017, a group of public safety professionals gathered Jan. 4 for an update on FirstNet, the national First Responder Network Authority signed into federal law nearly five years ago — and a panel discussion about what’s next for their industry.  FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy told the Consumer Electronics Show audience — a roughly half-full room including public safety professionals and at least one general contractor — that the network has taken in bids and should award a contract later this year.  The session’s real question, however, was how broadband can power a public safety transformation. CES 2017: Officials Talk FirstNet, Public Safety Technology