FirstNet® for First Responders

FirstNet Public Safety Networking


In response to the attacks of 9/11, public safety organizations across the country lobbied Congress to establish a single, interoperable network dedicated to public safety voice and data communications. The result was AT&T FirstNet, a nationwide broadband network specifically designed to meet the communication needs of firefighters, police officers, EMS, and other emergency first responders.

FirstNet consults with local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies to improve mission-critical communication between first responders. It is truly unique: FirstNet is the original broadband network for public safety agencies created by public safety agencies.

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The FirstNet mission is to deploy, operate, maintain, and improve the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This reliable, highly secure, interoperable, and innovative public safety communications platform will bring 21st century tools to public safety agencies and first responders.

Why Choose FirstNet?


An Interoperable and Reliable Network

Traditionally, first responders had relied on more than 10,000 separate, incompatible, and proprietary radio networks for their mission-critical communications. With FirstNet, they now have a single, interoperable LTE network dedicated to public safety.


Connect in Rural Areas

FirstNet is committed to providing coverage in rural areas that lack reliable broadband. Installing high-powered cellular towers in remote locations and relying on satellite broadcasting, FirstNet provides a truly nationwide public safety coverage solution.


Enhancing Situational Awareness

With FirstNet, safety officers can send and receive data, location information, and video on a high-performance, low-latency network. This real-time information has proven crucial in improving  situational awareness that saves lives.


Priority and Preemption

When emergencies occur, public safety agencies need to communicate without interruption. FirstNet provides emergency Preemption, Priority, and Quality of Service so our nation’s first responders can remain committed to their work of saving lives.


Capacity for Large Events

Large public and private events such as concerts, festivals, and sporting events draw thousands of people to them, potentially congesting local networks. With FirstNet, you’ll have the bandwidth you need to keep event goers safe by keeping communication open.


An Innovative Ecosystem

The FirstNet network is tailored to provide the specific applications, devices, and services public safety agencies need. This network delivers high-performance broadband to all public safety devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets.


Disaster Response

First responders across the country need to consistently prepare for both manmade and natural disasters. When a disaster strikes, FirstNet helps to save lives by offering a reliable and secure communications system for emergency work crews.


Improved Team Coordination

As the only dedicated, high-speed network designated for use by emergency first responders and public safety agencies, FirstNet ensures that you can coordinate your efforts with other public safety agencies for a better, more effective response.

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