Congressional watchdog urges lawmakers to act to save FirstNet

new report from the Government Accountability Office urged members of Congress this week to find a permanent home for FirstNet, the country’s dedicated public safety broadband network, before the statute for its parent organization runs out in 2027.


DATE: February 23, 2022

More than 18,500 public safety agencies throughout the country have signed on to use FirstNet as their mobile internet provider since 2018, when AT&T began building out the network. While AT&T is in charge of maintaining and operating the network through 2042, thanks to a 25-year contract it signed with the federal government in 2017, FirstNet’s governing body — the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet Authority — is only scheduled to oversee the network contract, including collecting fees from AT&T, until its authorization runs out in 2027.



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