A decade ago, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was authorized under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 as an interoperable broadband network designed exclusively around the needs of public safety organizations. It was conceptualized in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, which laid bare communication shortcomings.
DATE: April 7, 2022
At first, given the massive scope of the undertaking, its completion wasn’t certain. Today, however, with upwards of 95 percent of the network completed ahead of schedule, city and county organizations are signing on.
There’s been “massive adoption—3 million users; 20,000 agencies,” said Scott Agnew, assistant vice president of FirstNet Solutions at AT&T during a keynote address at the 2022 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) last month. The expo was held over a week in Las Vegas, and featured a variety of talks and lectures from telecommunication industry experts.