How FirstNet Deployables Are Supporting Public Safety

A Report from the Police Executive Research Forum


DATE: October 2020

In 2017, the First Responder Network Authority awarded a contract to AT&T to build and maintain FirstNet—the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Under the agreement, AT&T-FirstNet is required to complete the nationwide build-out of the FirstNet network by March 2023. This involves deploying Band 14—the spectrum dedicated to public safety—across statewide radio access networks in states and territories throughout the United States. In March 2020, AT&T announced that the build-out of the FirstNet network was 80% complete, putting implementation approximately a year ahead of schedule. Another important (but sometimes overlooked) aspect of the FirstNet contract is a requirement that AT&T develop and deploy a fleet of mobile communications assets—“deployables”— to support law enforcement, fire, emergency…



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