Robert Osterthaler Named as Chair of FirstNet Authority Board


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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of Robert Tipton (Tip) Osterthaler to serve as Chair of the First Responder Network Authority Board. He will succeed Edward Horowitz, who is completing his two-year term as Chair on August 19, 2020. Horowitz plans to remain on the board until his term expires in August 2021.

Osterthaler is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General and private sector CEO who was appointed to the board in 2018. He chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Governance and Personnel Committee.

“Tip Osterthaler has been an instrumental FirstNet Board member who will bring exceptional leadership to the organization during the next phase of FirstNet implementation,” said Ross. “FirstNet’s mission has proved even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am confident Tip will excel in his new role as he ensures first responders have the connectivity they need to support the American people.”

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