Senate Panel Eyes FirstNet Progress This Week

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene the hearing at 10 a.m. July 20 as members evaluate FirstNet and AT&T's progress to date and the anticipated timeline to build, operate, and maintain the planned nationwide public safety broadband network.

A subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing July 20 to examine the progress to date on the FirstNet emergency response communications network. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene the "Update on FirstNet" at 10 a.m. as members evaluate FirstNet and AT&T's progress to date and the anticipated timeline to build, operate, and maintain the planned nationwide public safety broadband network.

Witnesses scheduled to participate are:

  • Curtis Brown, deputy secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Damon Darsey, assistant professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Mark Goldstein, physical issues director, Government Accountability Office
  • Michael Poth, CEO of FirstNet
  • Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T

The hearing will take place in a Senate office building in Washington, D.C., and will be webcast at www.commerce.senate.gov.

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