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A Commitment to Reliable and Secure Networks

Keeping America Safe is dedicated to helping our public officials protect communities, consumers and national security. To do this, we support the creation of reliable and secure next-generation mobile networks as well as FirstNet, the first high-speed national broadband network solely dedicated to America’s public safety community.

FirstNet, which is now transitioning to 5G, was created to alleviate communication challenges for public safety and to allow first responders to coordinate and respond more efficiently during times of emergency or crisis. Since FirstNet’s inception in 2017, over 14,000 public agencies have subscribed with over 1.7 million connections.

U.S. mobile networks are as secure as any in the world, and wireless providers have demonstrated their commitment to building highly secure 5G networks. We believe that network diversity in the form of multiple, competing networks enhances security and drives the innovation and investment that will keep all Americans safe and connected.

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Recent Updates

May 14, 2021

Rescue 42 increasing manufacturing capacity amid Compact Rapid Deployable interest, CEO says

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | May 14, 2021 Early interest in the Compact Rapid Deployable (CRD) for FirstNet has been so great that solution provider Rescue 42 is increasing its manufacturing capacity “dramatically,” according to Rescue 42 CEO Tim O’Connell. Part of a package of FirstNet technology innovations unveiled in January, CRDs are designed […]

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May 5, 2021

FirstNet Amends PSAC Charter to Exclude Participants from States Diverting 9-1-1 Fees

Danny Ramey | Mission Critical Communications | May 5, 2021 The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board passed a resolution updating the board’s bylaws and its Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) charter during its May 5 meeting. The PSAC charter update adds text preventing representatives from any taxing jurisdiction or state that is currently diverting […]

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May 4, 2021

AT&T touts biosensor that remotely tracks COVID-19 symptoms

Staff | Light Reading | May 4, 2021 A Cambridge technology innovator, Cherish Health has developed an advanced biosensor that monitors a patient’s respiration, oxygen levels, temperature, and heart rate. The wearable device uses FirstNet® – the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public […]

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April 26, 2021

AT&T Reports More Than 2.2M FirstNet Connections, 16,000 Subscriber Agencies

Staff | Mission Critical Communications | April 26, 2021 AT&T said that the FirstNet network now has more than 2.2 million connections and more than 16,000 subscriber public-safety agencies and organizations. The carrier also noted that it has built out more than 90 percent of the band 14 coverage required in its contract with the […]

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April 23, 2021

FirstNet adoption expands to more than 16,000 agencies, 2.2 million connections

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | April 23, 2021 FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) supported more than 2.2 million connections for more than 16,000 subscribing agencies as of March 31, according to figures released today by AT&T, the contractor responsible for building and maintaining the NPSBN for its first 25 years. Read more

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