FirstNet Cross-Agency Information Sharing
Sunday, September 1, 2013
In 2012, Congress created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Its goal was to provide law enforcement and emergency responders with a high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety. True to the principals of federalism on which the United States is based, the law requires state, local and tribal control of the network operating within each jurisdiction. The shared management of a nationwide network presents many challenges, chief of which is security.