As FirstNet continues to evolve, the legislative and regulatory oversight required by federal law has continued. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent renewal of FirstNet’s Band 14 spectrum license is a milestone.
By James McDonnell
Guest Editorial policemag.com July 12, 2023
In the latter half of my career—while serving as sheriff of Los Angeles County—I was honored to support efforts to champion a dedicated and nationwide public safety communications system. After the public safety communications failures in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, law enforcement as a profession rallied together to bring about much needed change. Ultimately, a dedicated communications network for public safety was created by Congress in 2012 and became operational just five years ago. FirstNet is that critical network.