More About 5G and FirstNet

Secure 5G Networks

The United States has made tremendous progress in deploying reliable and secure 5G networks. Investment and innovation by wireless network operators, as well as smart policies based on competition in a free and open market, have led to the fastest 5G speeds in the world.  With $29 billion invested in 2019 by the wireless industry, the U.S. already has 5G launched and commercially available on multiple nationwide networks.

The auctioning of new spectrum has been key to this progress – raising billions of dollars and providing new access to commercial providers.

To ensure that America’s 5G networks are secure, competing private companies ought to be the ones to build out the networks. The investment and innovation from America’s network providers will lead a more secure and reliable 5G experience for consumers and propel the United States in winning the global race to 5G.

The only path forward to ensuring that America’s 5G networks are reliable and safe is by making spectrum available so that private companies can continue developing and deploying world-class connectivity. With more than $100 billion privately invested over the last five years, public policy should continue incentivizing innovation to deploy 5G to all Americans.

The United States is already ahead of its competitors when it comes to 5G deployment and maintaining a free-market approach will only help our networks grow and expand their reach to connect Americans and vital services with a fast, reliable, and secure network.

FirstNet

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, is an agency whose mission is to build a nationwide, high-speed wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders by giving them one interoperable network to respond to national security and public safety incidents.

Chartered by the United States Congress in 2012, FirstNet was born as a result of emergency response communication challenges that were revealed on 9/11 as emergency agencies struggled to communicate with each other over standard networks. By establishing a dedicated high-speed wireless broadband network, first responders can now communicate clearly and efficiently during emergency situations and natural disasters without worrying about network congestion.

More importantly, FirstNet has greatly enhanced the ability for responders to work together and communicate with each other across agencies, jurisdictions, and the country – allowing for better coordination and preparation to keep America safe.

Since its buildout, which began in 2017, FirstNet has:

  • Strengthened public safety and national security;
  • Provided fast and efficient network compatibility;
  • Created a network dedicated to first responders, bypassing dangerous network congestion during times of emergency;
  • Avoided a financial burden on states.

All 50 states, five U.S. territories and Washington, D.C have chosen to opt-in to FirstNet and will benefit from the public safety infrastructure provided by FirstNet and its partners.