FirstNet's Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson will give the Keynote Address at the Federal Properties Public/Private workshop on Oct. 16 at the Hilton Chicago. The event takes place in conjunction with the 2014 HetNet Expo. As the FirstNet Director of Government Affairs, Mr. Parkinson is responsible for intergovernmental relations with local, state and federal organizations. Previously, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including border security, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity and investigations into waste, fraud and abuse of government resources.
Discount for HetNet Expo attendees
The one-day FedLands workshop will host policymakers and leaders from the public sector and telecommunications industry experts in a collaborative environment to tackle issues related to the siting of communications facility installations on federal lands and properties. Topics to be covered include overviews of applicable rules and regulations, best practices in application preparation and stewardship, developing a land use plan, post-grant actions, and discussions of agency and industry-specific constraints and opportunities. Attendees with a paid HetNet Expo pass receive a $100 discount on their registration to the FedLands Workshop.
Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications. This broadband network will fulfill a fundamental need of the public safety community as well as the last remaining recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. FirstNet will bring 21st century tools to millions of organizations and individuals that respond to emergencies at the local, state, tribal and federal levels. The FirstNet organization is the first of its kind. Never before has Congress established an independent government authority with a mandate to provide specialized communication services for public safety. Using nationwide 700 MHz spectrum, FirstNet will put an end to decades-long interoperability and communications challenges and help keep our communities and emergency responders safer.