Implementing a Nationwide, Interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. FirstNet is responsible for implementing a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. APCO played a key role in leading an extensive and successful lobbying effort to secure passage of this significant legislation. Learn more at www.firstnet.gov.

Legislation

  • Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012

    As part of this bill, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce was directed to create the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent entity within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  FirstNet was given the mission to “take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide […]

News

APCO Applauds Appointment of Public Safety Professionals to FirstNet Board of Directors

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced two appointments to the FirstNet Board of Directors: Karima Holmes, Director of the Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, and Chief Matt Slinkard, Executive Assistant Chief of Police for Houston, TX.

October 17, 2019

FirstNet Authority Townhall

FirstNet Executive Director Ed Parkinson kicked off the FirstNet Authority Townhall, discussing the importance of understanding the needs of public safety and how they will evolve over time. FirstNet Executive Director of Enterprise Strategy Jeremy Zollo provided more detail on the Roadmap and FirstNet Executive Director of Public Safety Advocacy Dave Buchanan then described the process for creating the Roadmap.

August 15, 2019

FirstNet Authority Releases Public Safety-Driven Roadmap for Future of Network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) marked a significant milestone today with release of a new Roadmap for the future of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network.

August 15, 2019

Governmental Proceedings

NTIA
2016
August 18, 2016 APCO's comments on the NTIA Notice and Request for Comments on State Alternative Plan Programs and FirstNet
July 19, 2016 Notice and Request for Comments on State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) and FirstNet
January 14, 2016 APCO's comments on the Proposed Scope of NTIA's Authority Regarding FirstNet Fees
2015
December 15, 2015 Proposed Scope of NTIA's Authority Regarding FirstNet Fees
October 21, 2015 APCO's comments on First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) – Cyber Security Appendix
July 27, 2015 APCO's comments on First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Draft Request for Proposals (RFP)
June 4, 2015 APCO's response to the Third Notice and request for comments issued by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
April 28, 2015 APCO's response to the Second Notice and request for comments issued by the First Responder Network Authority
April 13, 2015 First Responder Network Authority Further Proposed Interpretations of Parts of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Definition of Public Safety Entity)
March 13, 2015 First Responder Network Authority Further Proposed Interpretations of Parts of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
2014
October 27, 2014 APCO’s response to the Request for Information (RFI) for Comprehensive Network Solution(s) issued by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
October 27, 2014 APCO’s response to the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Interpretations of Parts of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
September 24, 2014 First Responder Network Authority Proposed Interpretations of Parts of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
2013
September 4, 2013 Comments: Matters Raised by FirstNet in August 2nd filing (12-94, 06-229, 06-150)
2012
November 1, 2012 APCO’s response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Notice of Inquiry on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on the Conceptual Network Architecture of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
October 4, 2012 Notice of Inquiry on Conceptual Network Architecture
June 14, 2012 APCO’s response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request for Information on the development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).
May 16, 2012 Request for Information on Development of SLIGP