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Walden & Blackburn Applaud Announcement of Public-Private Partnership to Deploy Nationwide Public Safety Network

Mar 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today delivered remarks at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s event announcing a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T to create a nationwide broadband public safety network. 

Watch Chairman Walden Deliver his Remarks HERE

(Excerpt of remarks)

In 2012, when I was serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the House, I had the opportunity to work with my colleagues to carefully craft legislation that would make FirstNet a reality. Today, with FirstNet’s award of the contract to AT&T, the product of all that hard work will be realized.

Through this public-private partnership, FirstNet can begin to deliver on its mission: to provide our first responders with a nationwide, high-speed, interoperable broadband network; to equip our first responders with the same robust communications capabilities enjoyed by the public; and to provide tools that transcend the limits of the land mobile radios on which they had for so long relied. Perhaps most importantly, FirstNet will help deliver on the final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and bring the most up-to-date communications capabilities to our nation’s first responders, the brave men and women who protect us daily, throughout the states, territories, and tribal lands – in all areas -- rural, urban, and in-between. 

Watch #SubCommTech Chair Blackburn deliver remarks HERE.

(Excerpt of remarks)

We are so thrilled to be able to join you all today and to say thank you to those of you who risk your lives and to be able to say you know what, we celebrate solving a problem that was recognized, was defined, and Chairman Walden came forward with a solution. And on behalf of the American people it is a solution that is going to work, that is going to bring safety to our communities, to our streets, and allow our first responders who now can be knitted together, to provide the type of safety that is expected. To provide the type of response that is expected.