Augment Your ARES® Mission with FirstNet®

By Randy Richmond, W7HMT

In March 2018, the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network known as First Responder Network
Authority, in contract with AT&T, was launched as FirstNet®, the first nationwide 4G LTE communications
platform dedicated for public safety’s wireless broadband needs. The 2012 Spectrum Act, which funded
FirstNet, sallows the dedicated band on the 700 MHz
spectrum to be shared with second responders
(extended primary status), such as people in healthcare, utilities, transportation, and supporting volunteer
groups, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®). Here’s how ARES members can apply
for a subscription to FirstNet and use this tool for public service applications. READ MORE


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