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First responders now have own network for communication

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania first responders will now have their own broadband network to use during crises and other emergencies. 

Gov. Tom Wolf opted in to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, which allows responders to communicate information quickly through their own broadband. This is imperative when traditional networks can be jammed with consumers using them to reach family and friends during an incident.

First responders can share real-time images, video and locations. The goal is for the fast communication to improve outcomes of situations. 

"FirstNet will carry high-speed data, location, information, images, and eventually streaming video that can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations," said Major Diane M. Stackhouse, Pennsylvania State Police and the state's point-of-contact for FirstNet. 

The new broadband network does not require additional funding as it is fully funded and self sustaining. Pennsylvania joins 25 other states in the use of FirstNet. 


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