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FirstNet and the Nights of Lights

Every year during the holidays, the city of St. Augustine in Florida is transformed by millions of holiday lights that bedazzle the city’s downtown in an event called Nights of Lights. As visitors marvel at the twinkling lights, St. Augustine officials use FirstNet to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely for everyone involved.

All Hands On Deck: Maritime response and the case for broadband

Public safety agencies that operate on the water, like Hyannis Fire in Massachusetts, deal with unique challenges. That's why the FirstNet Authority went on site with agencies across the county to gather insight into the operational needs of these maritime first responders. These findings will help define future strategies to enhance the effectiveness of maritime emergency response operations. Learn more at

Hurricane Ready - FirstNet's Impact on St. Augustine's Emergency Preparedness

St. Augustine, a coastal city in Florida, is working toward hurricane resilience. The city has dealt with six Category 1 surges in the past six years alone. After a natural disaster occurs, reliable communication is critical to emergency response times, damage evaluation, and clean-up efforts. With the assistance of FirstNet, public safety agencies in the area are better prepared to efficiently respond and stay connected in situations where traditional infrastructure may be impaired. Learn more: