The FirstNet Authority Roadmap is designed to guide the growth, evolution, and advancement of FirstNet. Developed with input from public safety, industry, government, and our network contractor, AT&T, the Roadmap provides a view of public safety’s operational needs and technology trends for mobile broadband communications over the next five years.

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The future of the network, driven by public safety’s priorities and tech trends

The Roadmap was developed in coordination with public safety through a nationwide engagement effort. The FirstNet Authority held more than 600 engagements in the first half of 2019 to collect feedback from the broader public safety community about first responders’ operational needs. To ensure the network evolves with new technologies, the FirstNet Authority also conducted targeted industry engagements and market research to capture industry trends, drivers, and advancements.


The Roadmap’s six domains

The Roadmap is structured around six domains, representing network capabilities that are vital to public safety operations. These domains will help the FirstNet Authority prioritize its programs, resources, investments, and partnership activities.

The Core

The FirstNet network Core and associated services and capabilities of the network. 

Coverage and Capacity 

The FirstNet network presence within a given geography, with sufficient capacity for public safety to perform its duties.

Situational Awareness

The ability to aggregate and synthesize data in real time from multiple sources and present actionable insights to public safety on FirstNet.

Voice Communications

The ability for public safety professionals to verbally communicate with one another across agencies, jurisdictions, and platforms.

Secure Information Exchange 

The ability to access, exchange, and manage data securely and conveniently within and across public safety agencies and jurisdictions.

User Experience

The tailoring of FirstNet network capabilities, features, devices, and applications to the needs and requirements of public safety professionals.