The FirstNet Build Gets Underway in Earnest
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created in the United States under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). FirstNet was created to build, operate, and maintain a nationwide interoperable public safety high-speed broadband network. Congress allocated US$7 billion in funding and 20 MHz of D-Block (758 to 763 MHz/788 to 793 MHz) spectrum to FirstNet. LTE technology was chosen by FirstNet as the communication protocol, because LTE penetration in the United States is greater than 95%. FirstNet plans to leverage the economies of scale inherent in using commercial networks and user equipment.
AT&T was contracted by FirstNet to build and manage the network on March 2017 and will incorporate its commercial LTE assets as part of the new public safety network. The 25-year contract sees AT&T acquiring a license fo...
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