By Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology Officer and Operations Director
Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, public safety from all disciplines joined together to advocate for a single nationwide public safety broadband network. A wireless network they would fight for and have a say in from the start. A network built upon industry standards, nationwide spectrum, and a device portfolio for all disciplines to ensure interoperability – a network with the security and reliability to help meet their lifesaving needs.
The First Responder Network Authority was established to work hand-in-hand with first responders to fulfill the promise of a nationwide network dedicated to them in times of need. We did this by working with public safety agencies around the country and listening to them. We used their input and feedback to develop the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a technology partner. One year ago this week, following a rigorous procurement process, we formed a public-private partnership with AT&T to execute on public safety’s vision for this network. This includes the construction of a dedicated, robust, highly available and redundant distributed core infrastructure.
This week, AT&T has met another monumental contractual milestone by launching and delivering the FirstNet core to the First Responder Network Authority. The input and feedback we received from public safety has come to life with this core.
This article was written by Jeff Bratcher, CTO and Operations Director, FirstNet and appears on firstnet.gov dated March 27, 2018.
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