FirstNet was created to be a force-multiplier for first responders – to give public safety 21st century communication tools to help save lives, solve crimes and keep our communities and emergency responders safe. To do that, FirstNet will build a new Band Class 14 network designed to be reliable, functional, safe and secure, and provide optimal levels of operational capability at all times. For the first time, public safety communications will be based on commercial standards. This will bring the benefits of lower costs, consumer-driven economies of scale and rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities.
The FirstNet network will support public safety applications and key mission-critical network services with the goal to be transformative to first responders and the public safety community. The FirstNet applications strategy is to enable creation of new public safety applications while maintaining support for existing commercial applications in order to establish a portfolio of resilient, reliable, secure and easy-to-use applications for first responders. FirstNet envisions an application development ecosystem which provides a strong development environment, with tools and resources for testing, review and distribution of public safety applications.