Lesia Dickson and Aislynn Turner | FirstNet Blog
Lives of citizens and responders depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disasters and emergencies. That is why FirstNet was created – to develop a wireless, mobile broadband network, modernizing public safety communications to keep first responders connected on a single, nationwide network when it counts the most.
The idea for FirstNet originated with and for the public safety community in light of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, which called for interoperable communications for all U.S. first responders. Ever since the 9/11 Commission Report was released, the public safety community has been advocating to Congress for their own dedicated spectrum. In 2012, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, effectively creating FirstNet.