First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)


Ongoing Project

FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Authorized by Congress in 2012, its mission is to develop, build and operate the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.


FirstNet together with AT&T will build — at no cost to states — a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Hawaii’s first responder and public safety community. Use fees paid by the states will go toward future upgrades and maintenance. The FirstNet network will deliver innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.


Hawaii become the latest state in the country to “opt in” to FirstNet, leveraging advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities. Gov. David Y. Ige signed the letter of intent in August 2017.


“The FirstNet network will transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information, enabling them to better serve their communities during emergencies and day to day operations.” – Gov. David Y. Ige


“I believe this is long overdue,” said, state Homeland Security advisor and single point of contact for Hawaii’s FirstNet initiative. “The 9-11 commission required that first responders should have interoperable communications. That’s what FirstNet will provide to Hawaii.” – Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, State of Hawaii Adjutant General


Key Dates


FirstNet Authority welcomed new members to the Board

FirstNet Authority also outlined an enhanced strategic direction for the organization.


Deadline for Governors to decide whether to accept the FirstNet/AT&T plan

Deadline for Governors to decide whether to accept the FirstNet/AT&T plan for deploying the nationwide public safety broadband network or initiate the process to have the state take on the responsibility for deploying its own Radio Access Network (RAN) that must be interoperable with the FirstNet network.


FirstNet delivered official notice of State Plans to governors


Hawaii commits to FirstNet Network to protect lives, communities

Read the Press Release


FirstNet and AT&T initially released build-out plans

They have since consulted with the states, territories, and the District of Columbia to refine those plans based on the feedback received. Read the Press Release.

Learn More

To learn more, visit FirstNet website.

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