Experience FirstNet: How priority and preemption help public safety connect when they need it most

By Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, First Responder Network Authority

What is priority and preemption?

FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, is specifically designed to meet public safety’s critical communications needs. Two of the key public safety features of FirstNet are priority and preemption.

Priority and preemption allow first responders to communicate with minimal or no interruption, essentially giving their data ‘lights and sirens’ to cut through network congestion. With FirstNet, public safety’s traffic is separated from non-public safety traffic via the FirstNet Core and is always prioritized over commercial traffic. This feature is automatic and always on, 24/7, with no action necessary from FirstNet users. READ MORE

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