The Issue

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

October 14, 2020

U.S. Army contracts with FirstNet to support public-safety personnel at 72 installations

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications AT&T this week announced that the U.S. Army has selected FirstNet—the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being built by AT&T—to provide communications to public-safety personnel at 72 Army installations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in a 3-year deal valued at $13 million. Read more

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October 1, 2020

Supporting Parents and Students with Adaptable School Bus Technology

School Transportation News Georgia School District Uses FirstNet-Powered App to Launch Resource Delivery Program Amid Pandemic. Read more

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September 30, 2020

Army brings FirstNet to more than 70 bases

Defense Systems The Army’s Installation Management Command is signing up over 70 bases for FirstNet devices and services. Read more

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September 24, 2020

U.S. Coast Guard is ‘Always Ready’ with FirstNet

Homeland Security Today The FirstNet Authority is proud to support the USCG and all of our public safety partners by improving communications through an interoperable network, enhancing situational awareness, offering vital capacity, delivering actionable data, providing reliability and security, and driving innovation in life-saving public safety communications technologies. Read more

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September 8, 2020

FirstNet One, a Public Safety Blimp, Deployed in Louisiana for Hurricane Disaster Recovery Support

Carl Weinschenk | Telecompetitor FirstNet’s first blimp is operational and aiding first responders over Cameron Parish, LA in the aftermath to Hurricane Laura, according to AT&T. Read more

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