In its March 18th meeting, the Board of FirstNet, the first nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network, approved the hiring of the first General Manager, but the selected person’s identity was kept confidential while the Board Chairman Sam Ginn performs the necessary background check processes, given the importance of the position for national public safety.

In addition, the Board authorized one million dollars of additional funding to help with the implementation of FirstNet’s outreach plan and user advocacy efforts, and authorized an updated FY2013 budget and a FY2014 budget request to go to the Department of Commerce and the Office of Management and Budget.