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

January 14, 2021

FirstNet Cell Sites Launching Nationwide to Support Public Safety

Market Screener | January 14, 2021 The FirstNet network offers first responders and those critical to their response a purpose-built experience they can’t get anywhere else. Read more

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January 7, 2021

Why Cell Networks Cut Out at the US Capitol Riot

Sascha Segan | PC Mag | January 7, 2021 The cops’ phones all keep working because they’re on a special part of the AT&T network called FirstNet, which gives priority to first responders. Heavy FirstNet usage would slightly reduce civilian device capacity at that location, though, because FirstNet comes first. Read more

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December 22, 2020

A quiet, steady communications revolution has radically improved response in public safety

Nino DiCosmo | GCN | December 22, 2020 The resulting solution, FirstNet, built with AT&T, brought together the private and public sectors for increased functionality across the network, and in ways that allow for integration of P25 standards. Read more

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December 17, 2020

FirstNet delivers mission-critical mobility services to FBI

Mark Bowen | Intelligent CIO | December 17, 2020 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is supporting its day-to-day and emergency operations by expanding its usage of mobile services from FirstNet. Read more

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December 11, 2020

FirstNet Authority board approves additional investments into 5G network core

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | December 11, 2020 FirstNet board members this week unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the FirstNet Authority staff to obligate reinvestment funds from AT&T to pay operations and maintenance costs associated with upgrading the FirstNet core to 5G during 2021 and in future years. Read more

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