Senate, House Committees Hold Hearing on FirstNet


The Senate VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Committee, the Senate COMMUNICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY Committee, and the House VETERANS AFFAIRS & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Committee today held a joint public hearing to consider issues regarding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), according to Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness committee.

FirstNet is an independent authority established by Congress to deliver a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety. 

“It is up to each state’s governor to make a decision on whether to opt into the FirstNet system,” said Senator Vulakovich.  “FirstNet network service is available to public safety agencies in a state that opts into the system.  The committees considered various other issues during the hearing, such as the responsibility and associated costs for the ongoing deployment, operation, maintenance of public safety radio systems.”

Testifiers included Major Diane Stackhouse of the Pennsylvania State Police; Jeffrey Boyle, Deputy Director for 9-1-1 with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; John MacMillan, Deputy Secretary for Information Technology with the Office of Administration; as well as representatives from: FirstNet, AT&T, Rivada, Conxx, Nokia and Verizon.

Information about FirstNet in PA is available at 

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