Graphic with connected dots and title of the Accelerate R2 Response and Resiliency program

US Dept. of Commerce Awards $1 Million for R2 Network Challenge for Innovation in Disaster Response, Resiliency Tech

The FirstNet Authority joined U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA and NIST in announcing the awardee of the Accelerate R2 Network Challenge. The R2 Network Challenge is an interagency program that connects stakeholders in the response and resilience (R2) industries, accelerating the speed at which startups and other organizations can bring innovations to the public safety market, create new businesses and jobs, and support community resilience.





County map of Vermont, FirstNet tower near a field

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Vermont to Support Public Safety

Vermont’s public safety community will see enhanced capabilities due to the launch of 2 new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites in North Bennington and West Bridgewater. These sites were identified by state and public safety stakeholders as priority locations. With FirstNet, it’s about where first responders need connectivity. That’s what is driving our FirstNet network expansion.


A FirstNet Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT) is parked in a rural area and set up to provide a FirstNet LTE connection to support public safety operations.

FirstNet Authority Board Approves Network Investments for 5G, On-Demand Coverage

The First Responder Network Authority Board today approved the first set of investments for enhancing FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. Specifically, the Board approved more than $200 million for initial network upgrades to set FirstNet on the path to 5G and to expand the dedicated fleet of deployable assets.


Map of Massachusetts counties with Monterey highlighted over image of broadband tower and clouds.

New FirstNet Cell Site Launches in Monterey to Support Public Safety

Monterey’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of a new, purpose-built cell site. The site – located in Monterey – is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in Massachusetts, which is bringing increased coverage, capacity, and capability to first responders across the state.



County map of North Dakota with Slope, McClean and Stark counties highlighted, FirstNet tower near a field

New FirstNet Cell Sites Launch in North Dakota to Support Public Safety

North Dakota’s first responders got a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of four new, purpose-built cell sites. The sites – two located in Slope County and one each in McLean and Stark County – are part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in North Dakota, which is bringing increased coverage, capacity, and capabilities to first responders across the state.



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