• Welcome to the PSBO

    EOPSS established the PSBO to coordinate Commonwealth activities with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).  Congress established FirstNet in 2012 to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, wireless network dedicated to public safety.  This National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will provide prioritized data communications to first responders during emergencies and reliable, secure access every day.  

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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

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

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    PSBO FirstNet Fact Sheet

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

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    FirstNet Beginnings

    Read about how FirstNet came to be.

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What’s Happening with FirstNet in Massachusetts?

This summer has been a busy time for FirstNet activities in Massachusetts.  In addition to continuing outreach activities with groups like the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM), the PSBO has led data collection activities to respond to FirstNet's information requests from earlier this year.  This has included:

  • designing and issuing a comprehensive survey to public safety entities in the Commonwealth,
  • analyzing wireless 911 calls for service across the state, 
  • developing a proposed approach for the phased deployment of the NPSBN in Massachusetts,
  • and reviewing actual data usage trends by many police and fire departments.  

The results of these activities was submitted to FirstNet on September 30 and members of the PSBO will be joining other state and territory leaders in Colorado to discuss FirstNet's next steps.  More

FirstNet and NPSBN on the Web

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    FirstNet on YouTube

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    FirstNet Web Site

    Visit FirstNet.gov

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    NTIA Updates

    FirstNet Documents at NTIA

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    Outreach Kit

    National Public Safety Broadband Outreach Kit

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    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 our FirstNet Videos page.

Priority, Pre-emption, and Quality of Service Tutorial: LTE Basic Concepts

FirstNet and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) have coordinated to develop a two-part video tutorial to explain some of the key concepts regarding priority, pre-emption, and quality of service for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).  The first video focuses on the basic Long Term Evolution (LTE) concepts of these features. View more videos like this on our FirstNet Videos page.