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A Commitment to Public Safety

Every day, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, and other public safety officials risk their lives to help keep America safe. Unfortunately, for many years, these public servants have dealt with communication challenges that have impeded their ability to respond and act in an emergency. After the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, these challenges emerged in an even greater capacity when first responders could not communicate with one another.

Keeping America Safe is committed to helping our public officials  protect our communities. To do this, we support FirstNet, the first high-speed national broadband network solely dedicated to America’s public safety community. By creating FirstNet, first responders will be able to coordinate and respond more efficiently during times of emergency or crisis.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. FirstNet provides our public safety officials with the tools they need to save lives and secure our nation, states, and local communities.

Read more about FirstNet here.

 

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April 17, 2018

Boston Marathon security, 5 years later

Fox News (video) | April 16, 2018 “They’ve just rolled out a new system called FirstNet, and the core is up and running for the very first time today.” Read more

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April 13, 2018

NIST releases initial list of 17 devices certified for use on FirstNet system

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | April 12, 2018 Devices from Apple, Samsung, Sonim Technologies and Netgear are on the initial list of certified devices that public-safety users can use on the FirstNet broadband system being deployed by AT&T, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read more

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April 6, 2018

FirstNet Association Forms to Bridge Gap with Users, Vendors

RadioResource Media Group | April 4, 2018 First responders, academia, industry partners and other nonprofit associations will have a dedicated forum to trade ideas, share best practices and offer lessons learned from real-life experiences on the FirstNet network. Read more

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March 28, 2018

FirstNet Goes Live

John Eggerton | Multichannel News | March 27, 2018 AT&T says that FirstNet has gone live, timed to the one-year anniversary of the telco securing the contract for the public-private interactive broadband emergency communications network funded with FCC auction proceeds. Read more

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March 23, 2018

AT&T says 6 GHz band key for FirstNet, 5G

Monica Alleven | FierceWireless | March 21, 2018 Representatives of AT&T, which won the contract to provide the network for FirstNet—the nation’s first nationwide wireless network dedicated to public safety—met last week with FCC staff to discuss its concerns about a proposed expansion of the 5.9125-7.125 GHz band to include unlicensed use. Read more

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Volunteer first responders are a crucial part of the public safety community, making up more than 69% of the firefighters across the country.

We want to thank the National Volunteer Fire Council for their participation on the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee- helping to inform FirstNet deployment and future broadband development for volunteer first responders. In addition to being used by career public safety personnel, FirstNet is available for our nation's volunteer firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement officers. #WeServeYou
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