What Counties Need to Know About FirstNet

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The federal government is about to begin building FirstNet, click for a presentation on what it means for counties.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) aims to create a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network for police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety entities.

After years of planning, the First Responder Network Authority will begin building their new network in the coming months.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has developed a new presentation, What Counties Need to Know about FirstNet: A Communications Network for First Responders,” to help county officials understand FirstNet and its impact on local emergency communications.


  • What FirstNet is and why it was created
  • How FirstNet will work
  • How FirstNet is governed
  • The role of counties in FirstNet
  • Current status and next steps for FirstNet