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Rural Wireless Broadband for Public Safety

Goal Leaders:

Placeholder Headshot Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, performing the Executive Functions of the Chief Executive Officer
Placeholder Headshot Edward Parkinson, Executive Director, External Affairs Division, performing the Non-Executive Functions of the Chief Executive Officer
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Lisa Casias, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Goal Statement: The Department of Commerce will increase the public’s safety by providing first responders with access to a nationwide wireless broadband network. By September 30, 2020, the Department’s FirstNet Solution will allow the public safety community to serve an additional 8.9 million people within the rural population by providing coverage reaching 55% of the entire rural population. By September 30, 2021, the Department will ensure the FirstNet Solution will provide coverage reaching 60% of the entire rural population. As of September 2019, the FirstNet Solution allows the public safety community to serve ~45% of the rural population, or ~23 million of the ~51 million people who constitute the Nation’s rural population.

Goal Action Plans & Progress Updates

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