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Learn About Your Public Safety Broadband Network - FirstNet

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Join experts and other public safety officials in learning about your broadband network, FirstNet, and the applications and devices available to you today.

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Schedule at a Glance

The FirstNet Association Regional Forum offers a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with experts, examine case studies from public/private partners, and learn how your agency can adopt FirstNet as your communication tool.


7:30 – 8:00 AM

Coffee and Bagels


8:00 – 8:05 AM

Event Kickoff - Introduction

Al Gillespie – President, FirstNet Association


8:05 – 8:20 AM

Welcome Remarks

Sheriff Mike Prendergast, Citrus Co, FL


8:20 – 8:30 AM

FirstNet: The Only Purpose-Built Network for First Responders

FirstNet leaders will give a brief overview of the Nation’s first and only fully dedicated public safety wireless network to include an overview of the FirstNet Authority and FirstNet – Built with AT&T.



Ryan Burchnell, Director – Strategy & Policy, FirstNet Built With AT&T

David Buchanan, FirstNet Authority


8:30 – 9:15 AM

 Making the FirstNet Ecosystem Work for You

Software and hardware industry leaders will introduce some of the current, cutting-edge technology designed to optimize first responder’s communications capabilities over FirstNet.


Jim Daley, Sonim Technology

Alex Nollmann, Panasonic

Andrew Velker, Actsoft


9:15 – 10:00 AM

Disaster Response: AT&T's Large-scale Event Preplanning Partnership

Ryan Burchnell will share his experiences in the planning, preparation and successful deployment of FirstNet assets during the 2018 Florida hurricanes.

Ryan Burchnell, Director – Strategy & Policy, FirstNet Built With AT&T


10:00 – 10:15 AM



10:15 – 10:20 AM

Grants & Resources Information

Discussion and overview of how federal grants may be used to fill the gaps and support public safety communications and FirstNet Deployment.


Dick Mirgon – Vice President, FNA and President, Next Paradigm Consulting 


10:20 – 10:50 AM

Your Network - Coverage, Control, & Security

AT&T’s Executives will discuss network coverage, specific to the State and region, in addition to describing local system control features and network security requirements.


Tim Fellows, FirstNet Built with AT&T


10:50 – 11:50 AM

Emergency Response Town Hall: Your Voice Matters

We want to hear from you. Our FirstNet Board of Directors will facilitate this town hall style conversation. We’re
interested in your vision, thoughts, and potential concerns as our country begins to realize the benefits of FirstNet, public safety’s specific wireless network. Attendees are invited to voice their opinion on what key elements and features must be included in the ongoing network buildout


Al Gillespie – President, FNA
Ray Flynn – Vice President, FNA
Dick Mirgon – Vice President, FNA


11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Close of Program

Martha Ellis, Executive Director, FirstNet Association 



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