News Item:
Memo to National Board Members and State Lodge Presidents09/23/2013
Brothers and sisters:

It has come to our attention that Motorola, Inc. has begun a quiet yet vigorous and well-financed lobbying and public relations campaign to undermine the work and goals of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

The FOP played a prominent role in developing the legislation which established FirstNet and Motorola, along with other carriers and technology companies, also support this effort. Our goal is to provide law enforcement and other public safety officers with the first nationwide, high-speed network dedicated to public safety's use. This critical effort began last September at the inaugural FirstNet Board Meeting.

In recent weeks, we've discovered that—far from being a partner in this effort—Motorola is actively working Capitol Hill to undermine FirstNet and our long-term goal to create a national public safety broadband network. They are acting to protect their market share and proprietorship on public safety devices and technology at the expense of working together with the public safety community and FirstNet.

This clandestine effort has led Motorola representatives to bypass the Executive Board and our National Legislative Office. Instead, they are contacting State Presidents and other FOP leaders directly and seeking their help for this misguided lobbying campaign. I urge all of you to reject this outreach and refer them to me or to the National Legislative Office!

This campaign is counter to Motorola's public statements to date and counter to the aims and objectives of the Fraternal Order of Police, which supports FirstNet and their mission.

You can read the letter from Senator J.D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and chief architect of the legislation creating FirstNet here.

We applaud him for "calling out" Motorola's shameful and duplicitous activity on this matter.