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.