FirstNet Selects First General Manager and Approves $1M for Outreach Plan and User Advocacy Efforts

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.

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About Rachelle Chong

Rachelle Chong is a nationally known expert on telecommunications, broadband, wireless communications, cable, digital literacy, public safety communications, renewable energy and smart grid policy. She is a former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (Clinton appointee) and the California Public Utilities Commission (Schwarzenegger appointee). Other notable posts include Vice President, Government Affairs for Comcast California Region; Special Counsel for Advanced Information and Communications Technology for the CA Technology Agency; a partner at two international law firms (Graham & James and Coudert Brothers); General Counsel for Broadband Office; and an entrepreneur. Rachelle is delighted to brush off her Journalism degree from Cal Berkeley, and serve as a columnist for Techwire, focusing on federal and state policies and the San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech/telecom beats.