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FirstNet, created by Congress in 2012, will provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed network dedicated to public safety. This nationwide public safety broadband network will transmit data and broadband communications (computers, smartphones, new devices) and is meant to supplement, not replace, mission-critical public safety voice radios.

District FirstNet Planning

In 2013, the District of Columbia, along with US states and territories, received a State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) grant issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the US Department of Commerce to plan its participation in the FirstNet nationwide public safety wireless broadband network. The District government’s public safety Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee governs the grant implementation in the District with OCTO and the Office of Unified Communications as the lead agencies.

Now currently in its FirstNet planning phase, the District team is using first responder agency input sessions and other organized discussions with potential network users as the primary vehicles for initial education and outreach.

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