What is FirstNet?
The 9/11 terrorist attacks brought to the forefront the many communication challenges that first responders face during emergencies and disasters. Public safety organizations and associations advocated before Congress for a dedicated, reliable wireless network for first responders.
Today, in emergencies and at large events, heavy public use can lead to wireless communications networks becoming overloaded and inaccessible. In those instances, public safety users are treated the same as any other commercial or enterprise user, and communications can be limited due to congestion and capacity issues. With the FirstNet Network, public safety gets a dedicated “fast lane” that provides highly secure communications every day and for every emergency.