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Public Safety Evolution
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is designated as the State of Illinois primary point of contact for FirstNet. For additional information, contact us
To learn more about the Federal Governments initiative to build out the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Known as FirstNet) click here
The Public Safety Communications Evolution graphic illustrates the evolution of public safety communications as it transitions from today’s technology to a desired long term vision of convergence. This evolution provides a conceptual framework for building wireless broadband communications while maintaining land mobile radio networks to support mission critical voice communications. This section further describes the elements of this framework, including a description of the desired converged environment and the requirements that must be met in order to achieve this desired evolution.
What is Illinois FirstNet?
The Illinois FirstNet team's primary focus will be to create an open dialogue and connection with state and local emergency responders to foster an environment for our Illinois emergency responders to learn more about FirstNet. FirstNet will provide public safety first responders a dedicated cellular-type nationwide data network. The Illinois FirstNet team is focused on: completing all statutory requirements; engagement and education our emergency responders so they better understand what FirstNet will deliver; listening sessions with our public safety stakeholders so we can better convey their unique needs with FirstNet; and ultimately make a recommendation to state leadership about whether Illinois should opt in and allow FirstNet to build this network in Illinois or opt out and Illinois will construct its own network linking to the federal program. Keep in mind: no decisions have been made, no recommendations have been written. Today this FirstNet network only exists in concept and Illinois has a blank canvas...now it is our opportunity to provide critical input from our public safety practitioners.