By Edward Parkinson, FirstNet Authority
It has been a challenging year for the nation, especially for the first responders who are on the front lines of wildfires, hurricanes, and the COVID-19 pandemic. During this historic year, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) remained committed as ever to helping first responders save lives and protect communities.
As part of our mission, we continued to oversee the deployment of FirstNet, the nation’s public-safety broadband network, while working to advance innovation and enhancements to the network based on public safety’s input. In 2020, we worked together with public safety and our network contractor, AT&T, to maximize the potential of FirstNet with key developments in the following areas: