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Friday, September 24th, 2021

FirstNet board approves authority’s operations, investment budget

The governing body of FirstNet Authority, the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications entity dedicated to and purpose-built for first responders, has approved the platform’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget.

The First Responder Network Authority Board passed a $253 million budget focusing on supervising deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network via public safety engagement support while also directing network investments based on public safety’s input.

“This budget secures the organization’s ability to plan and invest in future capabilities and services that will continue to evolve the network,” FirstNet Authority Board chairman Tip Osterthaler said. “The FirstNet Authority remains steadfast in its mission to ensure FirstNet delivers what public safety asked for and needs – today and in the future.”

The platform was established with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority).

“FirstNet is the only network with a dedicated organization like the FirstNet Authority providing oversight of the network and ensuring public safety’s voice continues to drive the future of the network,” FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson said. “This streamlined budget allows us to continue important work while also ensuring we are good stewards of our funds on behalf of public safety. FirstNet is truly public safety’s network, and we are proud to serve them as they work to keep communities safe.”

The FirstNet network provides first responders with dedicated coverage and capacity when needed, delivering always-on priority and preemption, as well as high-quality Band 14 spectrum.