The First Responder Network Authority, also known as FirstNet, is an independent authority that was established in the wake of September 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks, the government realized first responders needed a network that would allow them to communicate as natural disasters, attacks, or life-altering events are taking place. The inability of first responders to communicate with one another was a major issue on 9/11.
DATE: November 2, 2022
The 9/11 Commission Report spoke about getting a nationwide spectrum program in place to help first responders. Created in 2012, FirstNet’s mission is to “ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.” In 2017, AT&T and the FirstNet authority board created a public-private partnership to help build out the network.