FirstNet Is Delivering for Public Safety

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 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.



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