Protecting Public Safety Communications and FirstNet

Fai Lam | Wireless Week

As the U.S. Federal Government starts to implement FirstNet — the nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders — backhaul network design is once again in the spotlight. Especially in regard to the protection of critical communications from inclement weather, natural disasters, cyberattacks, and vandals, the design of a network is imperative to its future impact. When thinking about the design of a network like FirstNet, there are three major elements to consider: network resiliency, security, and the adoption of best practices (Fig. 1). These elements will be key to FirstNet’s success, and are techniques that could potentially hold just as much impact for consumer communications as they do for first responders.

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