3.4 Deploy Public Safety Broadband
Why is public safety broadband important?
challenges faced by first responders on 9/11 demonstrated the need for robust public safety communications capabilities during emergencies and disasters. The
9/11 Commission recommended a nationwide network for law enforcement, fire, and
emergency medical personnel communications. This led to the creation of the First Responder Network Authority. The FirstNet network provides dedicated public safety broadband communications capabilities, including
priority and preemption, to ensure emergency responders have the communications
tools they need to save lives and protect communities.
Strategic Objective 3.4 Progress Update
- Network Core: provides the essential intelligence for the functioning of the network. The Core is foundational to the network, and the FirstNet Authority envisions the Core evolving to remain technologically current;
- Coverage and Capacity: enables robust and ubiquitous access to the network;
- Situational Awareness: envisions real-time access, collection, and distribution of critical information;
- Voice Communications: envisions high-quality, reliable voice communications nationwide working seamlessly across analog and digital platforms;
- Secure Information Exchange: envisions the ability to access, exchange, and manage data securely and conveniently within and across public safety agencies and jurisdictions;
- User Experience: seeks to ensure interfaces are designed for specific public safety users’ operational challenges.