As a member of the FirstNet Board since 2014, it has been exciting to see the progress we have made over the last three years to deploy the first broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is now on the cusp of launching the network because we have done it the right way from the start: by consulting with the future users of the network – public safety – so it will meet their communications and technology needs, both now and in the future.
The National Sheriffs’ Association has long been a leading advocate for this network. Sheriffs from around the country joined together and linked up with leaders from the fire service and EMS communities to fight for the creation of FirstNet. We now have chance to turn this vision into reality by encouraging our states to join the FirstNet Network.
As a law enforcement officer for 33 years, and sheriff of Hennepin County, Minnesota since 2007, I know firsthand of the critical need for a mobile data Network that we can call our own.