History

What is FirstNet?

FirstNet is an independent government authority established in 2012 by Congress. FirstNet’s public safety mission is to build and deploy the first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders.

This is Public Safety’s Network.

The FirstNet network grew out of and addresses a 9/11 Commission recommendation calling for interoperable communications for all U.S. first responders. With the FirstNet network, first responders will have access to fast, highly secure and reliable communications whenever they need them. This will help first responders stay safe while they help others during both day-to-day operations and disaster response and recovery, and when securing large events.

FirstNet Law-Title VI Public Safety

Rivada Mercury Pre-Award Bid Protest / U.S. Court Case

This pre-award bid protest by Rivada Mercury, LLC (Rivada), involves a unique and complex procurement involving FirstNet and public safety. Here are the facts with…

Title VI—Public Safety Communications and Electromagnetic Spectrum Auctions

Reallocation of Public Safety Spectrum & Governance of Public Safety Spectrum  

Federal Reports

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress 2017

Lennard G. Kruger Specialist in Science and Technology Policy January 26, 2017 Summary Congress included provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation…

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress 2016

Linda K. Moore Specialist in Telecommunications Policy June 17, 2016 Summary Congress included provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of…

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress 2015

Linda K. Moore Specialist in Telecommunications Policy February 27, 2015 Summary Congress included provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of…

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress 2014

Linda K. Moore Specialist in Telecommunications Policy March 12, 2014 Summary Since September 11, 2001, when communications failures contributed to the tragedies of the day,…

The First Responder Network and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress 2013

Linda K. Moore Specialist in Telecommunications Policy May 28, 2013 Summary Since September 11, 2001, when communications failures contributed to the tragedies of the day,…

Public Safety Alliance (PSA)

Public Safety Advocate: NG9-1-1, FirstNet, and LMR

In early November, I will be at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Critical LTE Communications Conference in Chicago. On the second day, I will…

Public Safety Advocate: Rural Broadband Update, FirstNet Authority Personnel News

Rural Broadband I write and speak about this subject quite often. The reason is simple. FirstNet is the result of a public/private partnership that continues…

Public Safety Advocate: Passing the Baton

The past several weeks have seen some interesting changes in the FirstNet Board of Directors and the U.S. Senate. First and foremost, the passing of…

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet the Authority and More

With AT&T beating every due date, dealing with its coverage issues head-on, and deploying Band 14 ahead of schedule, not to mention certifying new FirstNet-approved…

Public Safety Advocate: Is LMR Old and Out of Date? LTE the Future?

For the past few weeks I have been talking with folks in D.C., states, and locally about FirstNet and if and when it will replace…

Public Safety Advocate: December, a Month of Opting, FCC Moves, Giving Thanks

December 2017 December is an important month for FirstNet, the states, and the public safety community. Already this month, we have seen more states opt…

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet’s Competition

The law that created FirstNet is very clear when it comes to states and territories opting in or out of FirstNet. There are two ways…

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet Only Better!

A number of people within the various states and the public safety community are not happy with the coverage AT&T/FirstNet is offering on day one….

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet Coverage

During the quest to obtain enough nationwide broadband spectrum for public safety, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) and its member organizations worked industriously to convince…

Prepping for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

The vision for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) is to provide comprehensive high-speed wireless communication services to more than 60,000 public safety and…

Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network

The leaders of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies across the country have joined together to form the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) to…

Building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

Public Safety Alliance The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) is a partnership among the nation’s leading public safety associations, including the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials…

H.R. 3630: Congress Enacts Legislation to Build a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

RICHARD MIRGON PAST PRESIDENT, APCO INTL The PSA’s 3 Core Principles Spectrum – Reallocation of the D Block to public safety Funding – Provide sufficient…