New Hampshire first responders need a reliable communications network

Mark Ouellette, president emeritus of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire | Concord Monitor

For 15 years, the nation’s first responders have stressed the need for a dedicated public safety communications network that is interoperable and reliable during emergencies.

In 2012, Congress took the first steps toward that goal through the creation of a public-private partnership called FirstNet. Now, after years of further testimony, debate, rulemaking, bidding and extensive input from state and local safety officials, New Hampshire – and every other state – has an opportunity to realize the benefits of a wireless broadband network built entirely for public safety.

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