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You can download our 2nd Quarter 2017 Illinois FirstNet Newsletter CLICK HERE. There has been rapid progress with FirstNet recently and we hope you find this informative.
Feel free to contact us with questions or comments…we welcome your feedback!

Thank you and have a GREAT day!
Lori Bell
Grant & Travel Coordinator
Illinois FirstNet
1701 E Main St
Urbana  IL   61802
217.531.0499 FirstNet Project Office-Direct
217.328.3800 ext 226  ILEAS (IL Law Enforcement Alarm System)
217.328.3845  Fax


Illinois FirstNet Issues the latest Frequently Asked Questions On This Project
Illinois FirstNET FAQ's can be viewed at CLICK HERE

Illinois APCO members contribute to NPSTC Equipment report for FIRSNET
Many thanks for our Illinois APCO members who participated in the development of this document.

NPSTC Release NEW Public Safety Grade Report to Guide Requirements for Mission Critical National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)

The NPSTC Broadband Working Group (BBWG) is proud to announce the publication of
Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities. The definition is of critical importance to public safety agencies and to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) which has been charged with building a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

This report defines "Public Safety Grade" (PSG) communications and provides measurable characteristics which would differentiate a mission critical communications system from a standard or commercial grade network. The report covers environmental considerations, service level agreements, reliability and resiliency, coverage, push-to-talk, applications, site hardening, installation, and operations and maintenance.

To review the report click below:

What is FirstNet?
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA. The Act directs FirstNet to establish a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. The FirstNet Board is responsible for making strategic decisions regarding FirstNet’s operations.

Illinois Coordinator for FirstNet
The Illinois Coordinator of FirstNet is:

Joe Galvin
Illinois Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
IEMA / Illinois Terrorism Taskforce
847.214.5252 or 312.833.1823
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The website for Illinois FirstNet is: