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Venable partner Jamie Barnett was quote in an August 18, 2015 Communications Daily article on the appointment of Michael Poth as the new CEO of FirstNet. Most recently, Poth was an executive at Hewlett-Packard and spent 14 years at Northrop Grumman. He also spent 14 years as a police officer in Corvallis, Oregon, and Tempe, Arizona rising to the rank of captain.

"FirstNet presents unique challenges in almost all respects, technology, governance, complexity, customer service and leadership, but Mike Poth seems to have a perfect resume for these challenges," said Barnett. "He is equal parts public safety professional and large communications technology executive with experience working with state and local governments."