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TJ Kennedy

The Public Safety Network


TJ Kennedy is one of the co-founders and principals of the Public Safety Network. TJ has had a 25-year career in wireless technology and public safety. Prior to the Public Safety Network, TJ was the President of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, an independent government authority charged with creating the first ever financially self-sustaining broadband nationwide network for public safety. TJ led FirstNet from a start-up inside the United States government to become a $40 billion public-private partnership (PPP) that is deploying a mission critical 4G LTE network in all 50 US states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. This PPP is the largest ever in the United States and is now providing priority public safety communications to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel. Prior to joining FirstNet, TJ was the President of Raytheon JPS Communications and led the Public Safety business at Raytheon. TJ has created the new communications platform that will drive public safety technologies for many years to come. Countries around the world are learning from the FirstNet model and are looking to emulate its success. Technology companies seek TJ’s advice on how they can benefit from the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) and how to encourage public safety to embrace technology to improve the ways they respond, interact, and serve the public in its greatest time of need. As a reliable and dedicated general manager, TJ has defined and achieved organizational excellence and created complex business strategies that have achieved incredible results while working in a political environment with diverse stakeholders.TJ received his B.S. from the University of Utah and his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.


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