Post-9/11 public safety network tapped for COVID-19 response

FirstNet, a nationwide public safety channel, has been used frequently during the coronavirus pandemic


DATE: May 15, 2020

The nationwide public safety wireless network that Congress created in 2012 because of failures seen during and after the 9/11 attacks is helping connect first-responders and public safety experts across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The law created an independent authority called FirstNet, provided $7 billion for it, and allocated 20 megahertz of bandwidth within the 700 MHz spectrum to create a nationwide interoperable broadband network. The network has been used since then to connect first-responders during natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes.  READ MORE


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