Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet


News and information related to the nationwide broadband communications network for first responders that is being designed and built under the auspices of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) an entity with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

  • Mar 3, 2015

    How to make multi-agency collaboration a reality in a FirstNet world

    A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-responder agencies, which is a challenging task. The good news is that numerous advanced technologies are available today to help deliver on the promise of secure, seamless multi-agency collaboration....More
  • Feb 26, 2015

    NISC: Charles Werner discusses key outcomes from the recent DisasterTech hackathon

    Charles Werner, National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC) chairman and fire chief for Charlottesville, Va., discusses the value of hackathons to public safety, as well as some of the applications developed at the recent hackathon conducted in conjunction with the International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE) in New Orleans....More
  • Feb 24, 2015

    Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions

    Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had hoped. However, most of the main components appear to be in place, so 2015 should see the FirstNet board make key decisions about the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders....More
  • Feb 19, 2015

    FCC takes initial steps to unlock AWS-3 spectrum auction revenue for public-safety initiatives

    The AWS-3 auction’s record-breaking $41.3 billion in estimated net revenue is expected to cover all of the funding priorities outlined in the Spectrum Act, including funding for FirstNet, for research and development related to public safety wireless communications, and for the 911, E-911 and next-generation 911 implementation grant program....More

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