By Tom Shull, Director, Government Affairs, First Responder Network Authority
We are proud to release the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, highlighting the FirstNet Authority’s operations, activities, financial condition, and accomplishments over the past fiscal year. The report recaps a year of continued progress under the theme of “Connecting Communities” as we highlight how FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network, continues to be built and designed with public safety input in mind.
The report also shows how FirstNet is helping our nation’s first responders save lives by keeping communities connected and protected. We are seeing more public safety agencies and individual first responders adopt FirstNet every day. In this year’s report we are proud to highlight FirstNet in Action – a compilation of use cases from across the country showing how first responders are using the network. From everyday use in Signal Mountain, Tennessee and Riviera Beach, Florida to the most critical situations, staying connected before and after Hurricane Dorian along the East Coast of the U.S., FirstNet is supporting those on the frontlines of emergency response.