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April 6, 2015

The creation of the nation’s first national public safety broadband network brings a host of opportunities for electric cooperatives. Learn what to expect and how to get involved.

Our panel of speakers, Al Catalano, attorney, Keller and Heckman; Jessica Zufolo, deputy administrator, Rural Utilities Service; and Kathy Nelson, principal telecommunications engineer, Great River Energy, bring their unique perspectives and experience to an informative discussion on a variety of topics, including:

  • ​​​​What FirstNet is looking for in its partnerships and relationships with stakeholders

  • FirstNet’s goals and requirements in constructing, operating and maintaining the FirstNet network

  • Opportunities for cooperatives to help shape FirstNet policies

  • How utilities and traditional public safety entities such as police, fire and medical emergency personnel can gain access to FirstNet spectrum on favorable terms

  • A pilot project involving FirstNet, Great River Energy and other parties to test the viability of sharing a network between public safety and utilities​

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