FirstNet to Bring the Power of Advanced Mobile Technologies to Law Enforcement

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to empower the United States’ first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools, including a nationwide interoperable, wireless network. This network will be established in all 50 states, the 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.1 The creation of this law, FirstNet, and the ultimate establishment of a dedicated public safety network can be credited to first responders and associations like IACP who made a 9/11 Commission recommendation a reality.