Illinois joins first responder public safety network

Alycia Dobrinick | KFVS

First responders across Illinois are now part of a large network that will enable better communication across the state.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed on with FirstNet, an independent federal authority that works to establish and operate the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. The nationwide broadband network is dedicated to public safety meaning those in the network will get a dedicated ‘fast lane’ that provides highly secure communications specifically for first responders.

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Illinois Joins Communications Network for First Responders

Associated Press | Peoria Public Radio

Illinois has decided to join dozens of other states in a national communications network for first responders.

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced that Illinois would join the FirstNet program. The governor’s office says the network is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. State officials say it will provide enhanced wireless broadband technology to public safety workers statewide.

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Illinois to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Rauner Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

Illinois is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Bruce Rauner announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools to help Illinois’ first responders save lives and protect communities.

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