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What's Next for FirstNet?

By Jessica Denson

All 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. leaders have opted-in to the state plans for FirstNet, a national public safety network. The FirstNet network will be a reliable, secure broadband network dedicated to public safety. It will help law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS save lives and protect communities across the United States. Now that there is national buy-in for the program the big question is “What’s Next?” The answer is that build out for the FirstNet network will begin with several key milestones and activities planned for 2018. Those include: ·         Expanding the...

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FirstNet Goes Nationwide

By Jessica Denson

Leaders in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. have opted-in for a unified wireless broadband network that will give first responders streamlined communications and priority status during emergencies. Dubbed “FirstNet” the new public safety network was conceived after issues arose with communications during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Congress passed legislation to establish the Network in 2012, and for the past five years, the First Responder Network Authority worked closely with public safety to develop customized plans for building the Network in each state and territory. ...

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The Clock is Ticking: Governors Have Just Two Weeks Left to Accept FirstNet’s State Plans

By Jessica Denson

Three months. That’s how long governors were given to decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the First Responder Network Authority’s plans for all U.S. states and territories. The plans detail how states and territories would become part of FirstNet—a new broadband network that will prioritize and streamline first responders’ communications during emergency response. FirstNet was developed after the 9/11 Commission called for the establishment of a dedicated network for fire, police, and EMS personnel to more quickly and more easily access. The state plans were sent to leaders in late October and the deadline to opt-in or opt-out was set for...

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First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

By Connected Nation

The following blog was first published on   firstnet.gov  on December 7, 2017.  It's authored by Mike Worrerll, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Adivsor  Excitement for the FirstNet Network continues to grow across the country with more than 35 states having joined the network already In July,   Virginia became the first state or territory  to “opt in” and participate in the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public safety broadband network. This dedicated, interoperable, data communications network will enhance emergency response operations throughout the...

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