The First Responder Network Authority Board has approved a fiscal year 2018 budget of $73.5 million to fund FirstNet’s efforts to deploy, operate and manage a nationwide public safety broadband network.
The budget also covers customer outreach, product marketing and development activities meant to help ensure the network will address current and future needs of first responders.
FirstNet and AT&T will work together over the next fiscal year to initiate the radio access network build-out for participating state and territories; test current and future network features; and deliver applications through an open application ecosystem, among others.
Participation under FirstNet is optional and 20 states and territories have accepted the authority’s network build-out plan to date.
FirstNet is an independent organization within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration that was established to deliver a nationwide public safety broadband network for emergency responders.