• Welcome to the PSBO

    The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has established the Public Safety Broadband Office to oversee and direct all Commonwealth planning and implementation activities associated with FirstNet.

    This office will coordinate and collaborate with public safety entities, local and state officials, and other stakeholders in preparing the Commonwealth for participation with FirstNet in the building and deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

Slideshow Featured Content

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    FirstNet by the Numbers

    View a summary of FirstNet – by the numbers.

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    FirstNet Overview: Why FirstNet

    Read an overview of the FirstNet Network and find out why the data network is needed by public safety and first responders.

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    FirstNet and Law Enforcement

    Learn more about how law enforcement can benefit from the FirstNet Network.

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    FirstNet and Fire Service

    Learn more about how fire services can benefit from the FirstNet Network.

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    FirstNet and EMS

    Learn more about how emergency medical services can benefit from the FirstNet Network.

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  • FirstNet and LMR

    FirstNet and LMR

    Learn how the FirstNet Network is planned to supplement your existing Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems.

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  • FirstNet and Elected Officials Image

    FirstNet and Elected Officials

    Learn what the FirstNet Network can do for your city or town.

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  • PSBO FirstNet Fact Sheet Image

    PSBO FirstNet Fact Sheet

    Read a summary fact sheet about FirstNet and the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

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  • FirstNet Beginnings Image

    FirstNet Beginnings

    Read about how FirstNet came to be.

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    FirstNet LTE Overview

    Learn about the industry standard LTE technology planned to be used in the FirstNet Network.

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PSBO's Role with FirstNet and the NPSBN

Initially envisioned by the 9/11 Commission and enacted by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent Federal authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that was established to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, wireless network dedicated to public safety.  The envisioned National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will facilitate communications amongst first responders during emergencies and provide reliable, secure access for public safety users every day.  More

FirstNet and NPSBN on the Web

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    @FirstNetGov

    Follow FirstNet on Twitter

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    FirstNet Blog

    Read the FirstNet Blog

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    FirstNet on YouTube

    Watch FirstNet on YouTube

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  • Firstnet documents and updates

    FirstNet Web Site

    Visit FirstNet.gov

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    NTIA Updates

    FirstNet Documents at NTIA

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  • National Public Safety Broadband Outreach Kit

    Outreach Kit

    National Public Safety Broadband Outreach Kit

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  • PSBO frequently asked questions

    FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

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The History of FirstNet and the Public Safety Broadband Network


The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by Congress in 2012 to establish a nationwide broadband network for public safety. The final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the network will connect police officers, firefighters and EMS providers like never before.  This video provides a short history of the NPSBN and the creation of FirstNet.  View more videos like this on FirstNet's YouTube channel.