Definition Edit

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is

an independent authority to be formed within NTIA under the 2012 Payroll Tax Agreement to oversee the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network. Once established, FirstNet will be responsible for taking all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment and operation of the nationwide public safety broadband network.[1]

Overview Edit

"FirstNet has the authority to obtain grants and to receive payment for the use of network capacity licensed to FirstNet and of network infrastructure 'constructed, owned, or operated' by FirstNet. Specifically, FirstNet is authorized to collect network user fees from public safety and secondary users and to receive payments under leasing agreements in public-private partnerships."[2]

References Edit

  1. Report to the President: Realizing the Full Potential of Government-held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth, at 142-43.
  2. The First Responder Network and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress, at 6.

See also Edit

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