Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other public safety
personnel need a reliable, resilient broadband network dedicated to
public safety to perform their daily life-saving mission.
On September 11, 1996, five years before the 9/11 terrorist attack
which occurred in 2001, the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee
(PSWAC) released its final report, which stated, "unless
immediate measures are taken to alleviate spectrum shortfall and
promote interoperability, public safety will not be able to adequately
discharge their obligation to protect life and property in a safe,
efficient, and cost-effective manner."
After 9/11, the public safety community fought hard to fulfill the
9/11 Commission's last standing recommendation and convince
Congress that it needed a dedicated, reliable network to provide
advanced data communications capabilities nationwide. During
emergencies, public safety requires priority service and preemption.
Maine's Unique Safety Challenges
Maine has unique needs and coverage challenges, not the least being that
it is the most rural state in the nation (2010 Census). FirstNetME aims
to bridge the current gaps and reach unserved and underserved areas.
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