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Friday, December 8th, 2023

FirstNet bolsters 5G, on-demand coverage

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors has approved more than $200 million for network upgrades that include 5G and on-demand coverage.

“These investments mark the next major step in our mission as we continue to evolve the FirstNet network based on public safety’s needs,” FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz said. “The Board’s actions set the network on a path to 5G and will boost on-demand coverage for public safety. We look forward to delivering on these advancements for public safety and working to identify our next network investment opportunities.”

Board approval of Resolution 105 directs FirstNet Authority management to issue two task orders under the existing nationwide network contract with AT&T, investing in expanding the fleet of FirstNet deployables to enhance network coverage and capacity for public safety during emergencies and events, as well as initial generational upgrades to enable 5G network capabilities.

“This is a significant milestone for the FirstNet Authority’s strategic investment program, which is driven by our partners in public safety,” FirstNet Authority Executive Director Edward Parkinson said. “We appreciate their continued support as we work with them to identify investment opportunities for FirstNet, the only nationwide public safety broadband network. This is just the beginning; we look forward to the work ahead to achieve the full potential of this network.”