FirstNet Goes Local

Government Technology: On Sept. 11, 2001, in the nation’s worst public safety communications breakdown, firefighters in New York City’s World Trade Center were unable to receive warnings to evacuate the North Tower, which collapsed, killing hundreds of first responders. During hurricanes Katrina and Rita, commercial wireless networks went offline as flooding ensued, making it impossible for federal troops and emergency officials to communicate with each other, and bringing chaos to rescue efforts.

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