FirstNet Testing Begins in Virginia

Public Officials in Richmond, Virginia are testing the FirstNet’s public safety wireless network, as of last month.  Richmond and Fairfax counties are the first localities in Virginia that will be using the network.  This move to use the network will hopefully prompt the system to be in full use by the end of 2018. 

All 50 States Opt-In to FirstNet

On December 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced that all 50 States as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virigin Islands have accepted the FirstNet proposals for their state and districts.

Utah Has Decided to “Opt-In” to FirstNet

On Tuesday, November 6th, Governor Herbert announced that Utah has now opted in to using FirstNet for its Public Safety First Responders, making it the 31st state and territory to opt into this network.

FirstNet and AT&T Launch First Developer Program

FirstNet and AT&T launched the first developer program that is developed for the nation’s safety responders. The program equips first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools. 

AT&T and FirstNet Releases State Plans

As of June 19th, AT&T has released state plans for implementation of the FirstNet emergency network. Each state’s governor can either “opt-in” or “opt-out” for this state-wide safety plan before the deadline in mid-December.

FirstNet Selects AT&T as Network Partner

On March 30, 2017,  the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders.

FirstNet to Host Pre-Proposal Conference, Issues Responses to RFP Questions

On March 10, 2016 FirstNet is holding a pre-proposal conference in Reston, VA to address questions related to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued January 13.  The conference can be accessed via webinar for free.  FirstNet will discuss common questions about the process, and answer specific questions from participants.

FirstNet Issues RFP for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network, marking a major step forward in FirstNet’s efforts to modernize communications for first responders and other public safety personnel across the U.S.