Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety's emergency and daily data communications. In New York, the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services represents public safety stakeholder interests with FirstNet and its selected partner, AT&T.
- No End in Sight for FirstNet Interoperability Debate
Although more than 9,800 U.S. agencies are on board with the nationwide public safety communications platform FirstNet, a debate persists about the very issue that FirstNet is designed to solve: interoperability.
- FirstNet Buildout Nears 70% Completion as Connections Grow
The buildout of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network was at about 66% as of Nov. 13, and AT&T expects to reach 70% buildout of the nationwide broadband network by the end of the year.
- What the FirstNet roadmap says about its in-building strategy
The First Responders Authority will be receiving about $18 billion in payments from AT&T over the 25-year-term of the FirstNet contract, $16 billion is expected to be reinvested in the network, but how?
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