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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.

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August 15, 2019

FirstNet, an app and smartphones as body cams: How one police department put them together

Kelly Hill | RCR Wireless | August 15, 2019 When the Platteville Police Department in Wisconsin was trying to figure out a way to outfit every officer with a body-worn camera during their shifts, the small department of 20 sworn officers quickly came to the realization that they didn’t have the budget to do it […]

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August 12, 2019

FirstNet Momentum: Platform Passes 750,000 Connections, Performs Faster Than Any Commercial Network for Second Consecutive Quarter

StreetSignals (press release) | Aug 12, 2019 Nearly 9,000 public safety agencies and organizations have subscribed to FirstNet, accounting for over 750,000 connections in service. And the numbers are growing daily. Read more

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August 2, 2019

5G: Taking Public Safety Communications Into a Smarter Future

Randall D. Larson | Efficient.gov | August 1, 2019 At present, FirstNet and other public safety networks are running with 4G LTE, which had laid the groundwork for 5G, which will add another dimension by making cellular components operate faster, and with a bigger focus toward how the data is distributed to multiple agencies. Read […]

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July 25, 2019

Innovation Changes How First Responders Communicate (Contributed)

John Knopf | Government Technology | July 24, 2019 From 5G networks to specially equipped communications trucks and drones, the nation’s first responders have a growing arsenal of tech tools that keep them communicating during the worst kinds of emergencies. Read more

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July 17, 2019

FirstNet Chair Horowitz expects Authority to make multiple network investments each year

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | July 17, 2019 FirstNet Authority board members likely will make multiple decisions annually to invest in the FirstNet system as the nationwide public-safety broadband system evolves, with enhancing the network core and improving coverage being key near-term priorities, FirstNet Chairman Ed Horowitz said last week. Read more

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