Twenty-three states and territories have opted in to the FirstNet network, the nation’s first high-speed broadband public safety network. So far, no state or territory has opted out and now things are moving quickly after years of planning. AT&T holds the contract for FirstNet development and implementation is scheduled to begin in March 2018.
This new network will connect all first responders through voice, video and data, enabling different agencies and jurisdictions access to the same information and applications. FirstNet requirements are being driven by public safety needs, and applications are vetted before implementation.
FirstNet will also have push capabilities, meaning information and applications can be sent to first responders at the scene. This improves situational awareness in the field, critical to first responder safety in the current threat environment.
For more information on FirstNet, the opportunities it provides, and what law enforcement, fire and EMS leaders across the country are saying, visit the FirstNet website or the FirstNet YouTube channel.