By Jacqueline Miller-Waring, National Tribal Government Liaison, First Responder Network Authority
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the legislation that created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Over the last decade, the FirstNet Authority has worked hand-in-hand with public safety to fulfill its mission of building and deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network.
As part of this effort, we have worked to expand broadband coverage into rural and remote areas of America — including in tribal communities that have historically lacked access to reliable communication services. Today, the network covers more than 2.81 million square miles and supports nearly 20,000 public safety agencies and organizations.