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Monday, January 25th, 2021

FirstNet Board approves 2021 budget

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board has approved FirstNet’s $213 million budget for Fiscal Year 2021, acknowledging focus on the nationwide public safety broadband network’s operations and investments.

“This budget provides steady funding for the FirstNet Authority and continues our momentum for investing back into the FirstNet network,” FirstNet Authority Board Chair Edward Horowitz said. “We will continue to engage with public safety to ensure the network delivers the attributes outlined in the strategic plan and the FirstNet Authority Roadmap and evolves, along with technology and operational needs.”

The Board approved Resolution 106, allocating $83.5 million for the FirstNet Authority’s operating budget in FY21 while providing an additional $83.5 million in reserves for operations.

Additionally, the spending plan also includes $46 million for investments in support of FirstNet network enhancements. The Board recently approved the first set of network investments to expand the fleet of FirstNet deployables and initial generational upgrades to the network core for 5G capabilities.

Investments are made possible via a sustainable business model enabling the organization to improve and advance the network continually. FirstNet’s mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the broadband network equips first responders to save lives and protect communities.