Signed into law by the President 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. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety data communications. In New York, this is coordinated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
- FirstNet issues task order to AT&T for deployment of nationwide public-safety broadband network
FirstNet has issued the official task order to AT&T, giving the contractor the green light to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), FirstNet CEO Mike Poth announced yesterday during his morning keynote address at IWCE 2018.
- Is FirstNet secure enough for law enforcement?
Although California eventually decided to opt into the FirstNet national public-safety wireless broadband network, the director of California’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) has raised concerns about FirstNet’s compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) requirements.
- AT&T officials shed light on ‘extended primary’ category of FirstNet users, prioritization details
Personnel within the utility, transportation and healthcare sectors are among those qualified to subscribe to FirstNet and have priority access across the AT&T system, but many questions remain about the “extended primary” category of users and some details regarding the prioritization-selection process, according to AT&T officials.
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