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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

November 2, 2021

The impact of FirstNet on tribal communities in a post 9/11 world

Margaret Gutierrez | National Tribal Government Liaison, FirstNet Authority | November 2, 2021 The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and its network contractor AT&T are working to bring FirstNet’s unique capabilities to areas historically prone to communication challenges. Today, the FirstNet network provides over 2.71 million square miles of coverage, and new cell sites […]

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October 29, 2021

Temporary cell towers allow communication for first responders

Asad  Jung | Cape Cod Times | October 28, 2021 Communications are back up and running for the Bourne Police Department and other Cape Cod first responders after four temporary communication towers were erected in less than 24 hours, according to Bourne police. The effort happened through a partnership between Bourne police and FirstNet, a […]

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October 29, 2021

FirstNet announces milestone of more than 2.8M connections

Doug Clark | Homeland Preparedness News | October 29, 2021 FirstNet, which officials have deemed public safety’s network built to strict specifications and requirements, is touting over 2.8 million nationwide connections through 18,500 public safety agencies. Read more

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October 26, 2021

FirstNet Authority board revamped with seven new members, Benjamin as chair

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | October 26, 2021 FirstNet Authority’s board has seven new members—including a new chair in Stephen Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C.—after U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced 11 appointments to the body overseeing the buildout and operation of the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Read more

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October 1, 2021

3 tips to adopting FirstNet

Lori Stone | First Responder Authority Network | September 28, 2021 Matthew Gregg has served in his volunteer fire department in Mason County, West Virginia, for 20 years, working as an EMT and in the 911 center. Now, as the director of the Mason County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), he oversees […]

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