FirstNet/ATT: 21st Century Real-Time Data and Communications

Communications on the fire ground is one of the most important functions of our occupation. A secure, resilient and reliable platform to provide mission critical voice and data communications to fire fighters is paramount. In 2012, Congress acted on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to pass the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission to allocate additional spectrum for public safety use and established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FIRSTNET BUILT WITH AT&T will buildout and manage the National Public Safety Broadband Network called FirstNet, but this leaves the fate of T-band in an undetermined gray area as competing bills run their course. This workshop will aid in the understanding of the evolving communications ecosystem, the legislation surrounding FIRSTNET and the impacts on operable and interoperable emergency communications for the public safety community.

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