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Robert Tipton Osterthaler Named FirstNet Board Chair

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Robert Osterthaler
Robert Osterthaler Upcoming Board Chair FirstNet

Robert Tipton Osterthaler, a retired brigadier general at the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed board chair of the First Responder Network Authority. Ostherthaler will replace Edward Horowitz, who is slated to complete his term as board chair Aug. 19th, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said Monday.

Osterthaler joined FirstNet in 2018 and leads the organization's finance committee as chair. He previously served as president and CEO at SES' government solutions subsidiary. He also held the role of senior vice president at Science Applications International Corp.

Doug Kinkoph, acting deputy assistant secretary for communications and information at the Department of Commerce (DOC), said NTIA will continue its partnership with FirstNet along with the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network.