Group: FirstNet FAQ

  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 18, 2018
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Does the Alabama FirstNet State Contract include Push-to-talk (PTT)?

The Alabama State T303 Contract for FirstNet services does not include PTT.  In 2014, legislative code 41-16-27 was enacted allowing for a multiple award cellular contract and requiring PTT to be awarded on a separate competitively bid contract. Southern Linc Wireless was awarded the T129 Contract as the cellular provider for PTT services for the […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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How much is the subscription cost?

The State of Alabama contract is available online. Click the following links for FirstNet/AT&T devices: FirstNet Equipment Catalog For FirstNet/ATT&T Plan Pricing: Primary and Extended Plans  

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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What is Long-Term Evolution (LTE)?

Long-Term Evolution (LTE), a 3GPP standard technology, is the technology selected for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). This is the same broadband cellular technology used by the major carriers. The law that established FirstNet specified that the network shall be based on the minimum technical requirements on the commercial standards for LTE (Long […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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Will the NPSBN replace my public safety land mobile radio (LMR) system?

While there will be voice communication capability with the NPSBN when it is introduced, it will not be public safety communications “mission critical” quality. Mission-critical communications include capabilities such as point to multi-point communication, and device-to-device direct communication when not connected to a network. These capabilities are not yet part of the selected long-term evolution […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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Who will build the network and when will it be available?

FirstNet is charged with overseeing the construction of the network. FirstNet possesses the license to the 20 MHz of radio spectrum that has been dedicated to the network, and FirstNet owns the network core. The radio access network (RAN) portion of the network – consisting of all of the communication sites (e.g., towers) and the […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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Who will be allowed to access the network?

The FirstNet network is being built for public safety. The purpose of the network is to provide broadband wireless communications to police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other public safety and support personnel to meet their important mission every day. The First Responder Network Authority has broken users into three categories: primary users, extended primary, and […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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What is the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)?

Mandated through Federal legislation, the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) is an interoperable nationwide high-speed broadband network dedicated to public safety. Today, in emergencies and at large events, heavy public use can lead to wireless communications networks becoming overloaded and inaccessible. In those instances, public safety users are treated the same as any other […]

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  • by Alabama FirstNet
  • October 9, 2018
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What is the First Responder Network Authority?

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent organization within the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Signed into law in 2012, the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created FirstNet. The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network […]

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