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FirstNet partners with AT&T to build wireless broadband network for America’s first responders

The First Responder Network Authority announced the selection of AT&T to build the FirstNet network, a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. The effort is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing large events.

The ability to communicate seamlessly across jurisdictions is critical for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS). The FirstNet network will be a high-speed network built specifically for the millions of public safety users in all 50 states and five U.S. territories (including rural communities and tribal lands), as well as the District of Columbia. It will modernize first responders’ communications and deliver specialized features that are not available to them on wireless networks today.

 Current Events
Date Event
Mar. 27-31 IWCE 2017 Conference
Mar. 29-31 Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA) Conference
 2017 Board Meetings
Date Location
Mar. 14 Reston, VA
Mar. 28 Teleconference
Jun. 28-29 TBD
Sept. 13-14 TBD
Dec. 6-7 TBD
 Recent Blogs
Blog Series: 10 Ways FirstNet will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities
Blog Series: 10 Ways FirstNet will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities
By FirstNet
Across the country, millions of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and other public safety personnel bravely serve their communities every day. They answer the call when emergencies strike and risk their lives to secure and protect others. In this blog series, find out 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety do their jobs safely and effectively.

San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network
San Diego Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network
March 15, 2017 | By FirstNet
The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services...
National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
March 10, 2017 | By FirstNet
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers respond to life-threatening emergencies and help safeguard communities nationwide. In providing urgent and immediate medical care, EMS providers face a unique set of communications needs and concerns. They need broadband devices and applications...
Law Enforcement Comes Together in our Nation’s Capital for Winter Meetings
Law Enforcement Comes Together in our Nation’s Capital for Winter Meetings
February 14, 2017 | By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor
The FirstNet leadership team participates in meetings of the NSA, MCCA, and MCSA to continue our dialogue about the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network...

 Recent Press Release
FirstNet Board Advances First Responder Network Procurement Process
FirstNet Board Advances First Responder Network Procurement Process
March 28, 2017 | By April Ward
Board unanimously votes to move to contract; delegates authority to FirstNet CEO to make award.
(RESTON) -- The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today took a critical step to position the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”) procurement for completion as soon as possible...

FirstNet Statement on U.S. Federal Court of Claims Ruling in the Protest Action
March 17, 2017 | By April Ward
(Reston, Va) FirstNet CEO Mike Poth: "We are pleased with the Court’s decision. This is a positive development for FirstNet and the public safety community. FirstNet intends to move expeditiously to finalize the contract for the nationwide public safety broadband network."

 FirstNet Videos

FirstNet State Plans Consultation in 2017
February 3, 2017 | FirstNet

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