First responder network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created to implement the 9/11 Commission recommendation to give public safety providers 21st-century communication tools to help save lives, solve crimes, and keep our communities and emergency responders safe.

We will build a public safety broadband network designed to be reliable, functional, and secure. More than 60,000 public safety agencies will be able to take advantage of expanded coverage and capacity. For the first time, public safety communications will be based on commercial standards. This will bring the benefits of lower costs, consumer-driven economies of scale, and rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities.

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The FirstNet Ecosystem: Exploring and Advancing Tech for First Responders

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Driving Innovation for Disaster Response to Support America's First Responders and Build Resilient Communities

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Two Appointments to First Responder Network Authority Board

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of two leaders in public safety and law enforcement to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). The new members bring the FirstNet Board to a full complement, with 12 non-permanent members selected by the Department of Commerce and three permanent seats filled by the Attorney General...

Nationwide Coding Challenge to Assist Emergency Responders in Serving and Protecting Communities Nationwide

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FirstNet Authority Releases Public Safety-Driven Roadmap for Future of Network

The following is a cross-post from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) marked a significant milestone today with release of a new Roadmap for the future of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. Unveiled at the APCO International Conference and...

Departments of Commerce and Transportation Announce $109 Million in Grants to Modernize 911 Services for States and Tribal Nations

The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program, which will help 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. The funding will power...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the FirstNet/University of Mississippi Medical Center MOU Signing

Thank you, Governor Bryant, for your kind words and your leadership on the important issue of reviving rural America through the widespread adoption of broadband technologies. Thank you to everyone at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for being part of this exciting collaboration. Dr. Woodward and Dr. Darsey, we greatly appreciate your cooperation and dedication to this crucial endeavor...

Priority Makes the Difference – FirstNet in Action

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FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

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Celebrating the Nation’s Public Safety Telecommunicators

April 8-14 marks this year’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, when we take time to appreciate and thank the dedicated professionals who staff the thousands of 911 centers throughout the nation. These devoted public servants work quietly on the front lines of emergencies, serving as “the first of our first responders.”