First-Responder Broadband Coming to all 50 States

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Commerce and AT&T, has officially been welcomed into all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The proposal for the public-private partnership will create a nationwide broadband network for first responders to save lives and protect communities.

“With all 50 states and several territories participating in FirstNet, we have a clear path to delivering a truly nationwide broadband network for first responders,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “We are now one step closer to delivering on a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and I commend the governors and leaders of these states and territories for demonstrating their commitment to the safety of all Americans.”

The public-private partnership began in March 2017 to create a network that will deliver the technology for day-to-day emergency operations.

Read more about the announcement here.

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