There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, says Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people – and growing – Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs.
By Tracey Murdock, FirstNet Outreach and Consultation Lead - Region 8
“Does a nationwide network include us, too?” asked an emergency medical service responder from rural Montana. The question came during a meeting earlier this month in Glasgow, MT, which is a small, rural town located in the Northeastern part of Montana. Our consultation with the Big Sky State also brought us to the largest city in Montana – Billings, with a population near 115,000.
This blog is the last in our 10-part series about how FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. FirstNet is ensuring the development of the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced technologies they need to save lives and keep their communities safe.