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NTIA Statement on FirstNet Authority Board Naming Joe Wassel as Executive Director

March 10, 2023
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NTIA, Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – Statement from Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator:

“We are thrilled to welcome Joe Wassel as the new Executive Director of the FirstNet Authority. Joe has a long history championing first responders and is the right person to lead FirstNet. His decades of leadership at the Department of Defense, including overseeing DoD's implementation of FirstNet across its 150,000 first responders, make him perfectly suited for the role.  

“Joe’s track record of innovation in public safety communications makes him the ideal pick to lead FirstNet as it implements the next generation of its highly successful network. We congratulate Joe on his selection.”

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About the National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.