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First Responder Network Authority

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, is an independent government authority mandated to provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications.

FirstNet was created by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, signed into law on February 22, 2012. Under that law, FirstNet was directed to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Using nationwide the 700 MHz spectrum, FirstNet puts an end to decades-long interoperability and communications challenges and helps to keep communities and emergency responders safer.

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