The First Responder Network Authority is a catalyst for advancing the nationwide public safety broadband network – the network public safety fought for in the aftermath of 9/11, and the network it needs and deserves to carry out its vital, lifesaving mission.
Advocacy for public safety has been part of the First Responder Network Authority mission and work since our inception in 2012. Our Public Safety Advocacy (PSA) team is the same team that worked with AT&T to develop State Plans that reflect the public safety priorities of each state, territory and the District of Columbia for the FirstNet network. They achieved this through intense and ongoing consultation with public safety, including governance body meetings, interaction with State Points of Contact, and meetings with leaders in public safety, as well as meetings with state, local and federal government leaders.
Today, the PSA team remains the First Responder Network Authority’s primary interface to the public safety community. The PSA team includes subject matter experts in each primary discipline of public safety (including law enforcement, emergency medical services, emergency communications/9-1-1, emergency management and fire service), as well as regional leads in the field with public safety for each of the 50 United States, five territories and the District of Columbia.
PSA proactively reaches out to public safety to be an information hub about the FirstNet solution, elicit feedback and insight on public safety’s communication needs for public safety broadband and innovative public safety technology, collect use cases and success stories to understand how the network can best be used to support operations and emergencies, and make sure public safety’s voice and needs are represented in the FirstNet network buildout and evolution.