FirstNet’s CEO on 5G, priorities in 2022 and what’s next

Edward Parkinson this year is celebrating a full decade of work on what is today FirstNet. 


DATE: February 10, 2022

Roughly ten years ago he was a staffer for former Rep. Peter King of New York, working on the legislation that would eventually create FirstNet. He then joined the nascent agency in 2013 as its chief of government affairs – FirstNet’s third employee.

After serving as an acting CEO in 2018, Parkinson was named the organization’s permanent chief executive in May 2019.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have seen this program evolve from an idea to its passage, to the law,” he said.



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