The Alabama First Responders Wireless Commission website is an ongoing website development project sponsored by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in compliance with Act 2013-330. Act 2013-330 was enacted by the Alabama Legislature and stated the need for a First Responder Wireless Commission to be created. This Commission is responsible for promoting the efficient use of public resources to ensure that law enforcement, fire and rescue services, and essential public health and emergency support personnel have effective communication services available in emergency situations, and ensures the rapid restoration of such communication services in the event of disruption caused by natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other public emergency. Therefore the Alabama First Responder Wireless Commission was created by Governor Bentley with Executive Order 34 for the purpose of accomplishing Alabama’s FirstNet responsibilities.
First responders need a reliable, resilient broadband network to perform their life saving mission. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other public safety entities need a dedicated nationwide wireless broadband network. They need a network that they can count on during emergencies and to meet their everyday missions. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety. This broadband network will fulfill a fundamental need of the public safety community as well as the last remaining recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. FirstNet will bring 21st century tools to millions of organizations and individuals that respond to emergencies at the local, state, tribal and federal levels.
View the website here.