The FirstNet mission is to deploy, operate, maintain, and improve the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This reliable, highly secure, interoperable, and innovative public safety communications platform will bring 21st century tools to public safety agencies and first responders, allowing them to get more information quickly and helping them to make faster and better decisions.
For public safety, by public safety
Due to communications challenges during the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a single, interoperable network for public safety. For years, public safety organizations lobbied Congress to make this recommendation a reality. Therefore, when Congress established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in 2012, it based its mission on public safety’s express concerns and desires.
To truly design the FirstNet network for public safety by public safety – a distinction that makes it unique in American telecommunications history – FirstNet continuously consults with local, state/territory, tribal and federal public safety agencies across the country.
Over the past several years, FirstNet has collaborated with public safety stakeholders and leadership from each state and territory. Never before has the public safety community had the opportunity to provide input towards the creation of a nationwide broadband network tailored specifically to meet their needs as they save lives and protect communities across the nation.
FirstNet wireless coverage reaches more than 99 percent of Americans. When the network is fully built out, it will extend coverage to 2.74 million square miles, covering 76.2 percent of the continental United States and the District of Columbia. FirstNet provides the same services, support, and capabilities that are provided on the mainland to public safety responders in Hawaii and Alaska. FirstNet service will also be provided on all five of the U.S. island territories.
Coverage and capacity continue to expand where first responders need it most. The FirstNet build is being carried out with direct feedback from state and public safety officials. Sites are constructed using the FirstNet Band 14 spectrum, as well as other spectrum bands in the AT&T commercial spectrum portfolio.
The FirstNet network is based on a unique hybrid of shared AT&T and dedicated FirstNet assets, supported by billions of dollars invested in people, processes, systems, and equipment designed to provide customers with the first nationwide, public safety grade LTE network.
Wireless rate plans for first responders and public safety
FirstNet rate plans provide a good value and a smart investment. FirstNet plans offer a broad range of wireless voice, text, and data services and are competitively priced. Subscription to FirstNet plans also includes:
Nationwide coverage on an all-band solution, including AT&T LTE bands and Band 14
Dedicated FirstNet customer support
Full application ecosystem
Full device ecosystem
Credentialing processes (ICAM)
FirstNet rate plans for Agency Paid Users support a wide variety of Android®, and Apple® iOS smartphones, feature phones, and data-only devices, such as tablets, laptops, aircards, netbooks and mobile hotspot devices. FirstNet rate plans for Subscriber Paid Users support a wide variety of Android® and Apple® iOS, smartphones, feature phones, smart devices, and tablets.
FirstNet offers an extensive selection of devices and accessories
Public safety users have access to an expansive catalog of LTE devices, ranging from purpose-built rugged units to the world’s most popular smart devices and tablets, complemented with a wide range of accessories. FirstNet enables public safety customers to get the priority, coverage, and interoperability they need without sacrificing choice in the devices they require to get the job done.
Below is a sampling of the devices that are compatible with the FirstNet Evolved Packet Core. Click here for a list of all FirstNet approved devices.
Devices that have a FirstNet Ready™ badge are those that will work on the FirstNet Evolved Packet Core simply by installing a FirstNet SIM card. Note that some FirstNet Ready™ devices may also require a simple software update. You can view specific requirements for each device by clicking each device image.