FirstNet Serves Those First on the Scene

FirstNet is a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders being built and deployed through a first of its kind public-private partnership. FirstNet was borne out of the September 11, 2001 tragedy where it became clear that the radio systems police, fire, and paramedics relied on did not easily operate across agencies. First responders also could not rely on land and mobile phone lines as they were overwhelmed by a high volume of calls. The 2004 9/11 commission report cited this lack of connectivity as a fundamental problem for first responders and pushed for solutions to be developed quickly to support everyday public safety activities as well as response to catastrophes.

The development of FirstNet began in 2012 when the First Responder Network Authority was established and a law was put in place that allocated 20 megahertz of spectrum and $7 billion to establish a broadband network dedicated to the nation's first responders. FirstNet was launched in 2018.

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U.S. senator introduces bill to ban federal events in top party cities

Originally posted by the Associated Press

Nevada's congressional representatives don't want the government to blacklist cities because they're too fun.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller introduced a bill Thursday to prevent lists of vacation destinations in which the government isn't allowed to stage an event. He says such policies could hurt tourism-driven cities such as Las Vegas and Reno.

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Going to EMC World? Interested in Software-Defined Storage?

Originally posted on Chuck's Blog


EMC World is right over the horizon (May 6-9 in Las Vegas) and we're all busy making preparations.

If you're debating whether or not to attend, I'd strongly recommend it -- every year the event is more amazing: more content, more big ideas, more great people to interact with -- and (yes!) more fun stuff!


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Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) Returning to Reno for Third Consecutive Year

Growing Veteran Small Business in the Federal Marketplace

Washington, DC. The Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) is returning to the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada, June 10-13, 2013, for a third time.

Bringing together Federal agencies, prime contractors, and Veteran business owners, VETS helps companies understand and utilize Veteran-owned small business contracting opportunities provided by the Federal government. "VETS is crafted by Veterans already doing business with the Federal government--Veteran Entrepreneurs who have walked in your shoes", says Scott Denniston, Executive Director of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC), the host organization for VETS.

At VETS2013, attendees will gain the knowledge and relationships necessary to take advantage of the Federally mandated contract opportunities set aside specifically for Veteran-owned small businesses. The event will assemble over 500 attendees in classroom discussions, a lively exhibit hall, networking events, and one-on-one business development sessions.

"This is the first conference I've supported where the core objective is to educate and train entrepreneurs and small business owners...The most effective and advantageous Veteran's event I've been privileged to support", emphasizes two-time VETS speaker Joshua Frank, Principal of RSM Federal.

For additional information on the 2013 Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium, go to, email, or call (571) 297-4039.

Contact: Alethea Cruz
Office: (571) 297-4023