At a meeting featuring the first fully constituted board in two years, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials today outlined the authority’s draft FirstNet 2.0 strategic plan governing its actions through 2022.
Among other actions at today’s meeting, an AT&T, Inc., executive complained that Verizon Communications, Inc., is misleading the public safety community in the way it markets its public safety core.
Today’s last quarterly meeting of 2018, which was also a joint meeting of the board’s four committees, was the first for Edward Horowitz as board chairman and the first for five new board members appointed in October (TR Daily, Oct. 31). In opening the meeting, which was held in a suburban Virginia hotel not far from FirstNet’s headquarters, Mr. Horowitz said he is “very proud” of the progress that AT&T, FirstNet’s network partner, has made in deploying the network. He then introduced each of the new board members.
“They all together, collectively, bring an extraordinarily diverse set of backgrounds and skills in the areas of public safety, telecommunications, business, technology, elective office, and military and public service,” said Mr. Horowitz, who has been reappointed to another board term. “It’s a pretty powerful group, and I know that we will have a robust dialogue when it comes time to make various decisions and recommendations.”
Mr. Horowitz also noted that Kathleen Kraninger has been replaced as the Office of Management and Budget’s designee on the board because she has been confirmed by the Senate to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The new OMB designee is Dana Wade, OMB’s program associate director-general government programs.
The board approved separate resolutions praising the service of former board members Sue Swenson, Jeff Johnson, Kevin McGinnis, and Annise Parker.
Board member Teri Takai said that Ms. Swenson and Mr. Johnson, the former chairwoman and vice chairman of the board, “helped form the culture of the board. … They have left us a legacy of how the board should operate.”
Board members also cited Mr. McGinnis’ work as the board’s tribal liaison and his representation of the EMS community on the board. Mr. McGinnis has joined the board’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). Board member Paul Patrick will be the new tribal liaison on the board. Continue reading