The organizers of the FirstNet LTE public safety network have the frequencies and standards they need to build the system, and they know where the money?s coming from. They know how to get there from here, but it won?t be a quick trip.
FirstNet will realize a vision that emerged in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, using technology that didn?t exist until years later. It will be a single network linking all federal, state and local public-safety agencies in the U.S., based on the same radio spectrum and technology throughout. Though it won?t replace every public-safety radio system in use today, FirstNet will help to eliminate the crazy quilt of incompatible radio systems and frequencies that makes it hard for different teams to coordinate their efforts.