How to buy FirstNet devices (eBook)

Download this EMS1 FirstNet devices buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


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The First Responder Network (FirstNet), built with AT&T, is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce, authorized by Congress in 2012, to develop, build and operate a nationwide broadband network designed specifically for emergency services. Its focus on providing, enabling and progressing effective communication links both internally and externally between dispatch/communications centers, EMS agencies, law enforcement, fire departments and emergency management. 

While much of its drive has been gained from the spotlight surrounding natural disaster, large-crowd events and the limitations of rural communications systems, FirstNet is also driven to solve the communications system – infrastructure – challenges of day-to-day communications for all emergency services, regardless of their location. 

Emergency services shouldn't have to compete with the rest of the population in order to talk on the phone, share information or gather information via data streaming, and FirstNet agrees. It's all about priority, coverage and interoperability. Included in this guide: 

  • Key considerations before purchasing
  • Implementation considerations
  • Questions to ask vendors
  • Company directory

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