• 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 year and next promise to be busy times for FirstNet activities in Massachusetts.  In May, FirstNet received bids from nationwide vendors to implement the National Public Safety Broadband Network.  FirstNet plans to complete its evaluation and select a contractor by November of this year.  Shortly thereafter, FirstNet will present the PSBO and the Governor's Office with the details of its proposed plan for Massachusetts.  This plan is expected to specify planned coverage, cost, supported devices, timelines, and other information critical to the implementation of the wireless data network here in the Commonwealth.  Initial implementation of the network in Massachusetts could begin as early as 2017 and will be completed by 2022.

In addition to supporting the Governor's review of the FirstNet State Plan for Massachusetts, the PSBO will continue its outreach activities with first responders throughout the Commonwealth to help prepare for the implementation of the network in the coming years.   More

Massachusetts FirstNet Baseline Coverage Objectives Map

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FirstNet has provided a baseline map of where public safety coverage objectives are concentrated throughout the state.  This is based on locations of population, buildings, roads, public safety officials, and critical infrastructure.  To view the baseline coverage objectives across the state and in your community, use the Massachusetts FirstNet Baseline Coverage Objectives Map tool. 

FirstNet and NPSBN on the Web

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    @FirstNetGov

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    FirstNet Blog

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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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  • National Public Safety Broadband Outreach Kit

    Outreach Kit

    National Public Safety Broadband Outreach Kit

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  • PSBO frequently asked questions

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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.