Time and time again, we hear that Idaho is running behind on some aspect of technology or not on the cutting edge of new technology ideas.  That isn't case with a new public safety network.

Idaho has teamed up with 20 other states to launch a network for public safety and law enforcement to be better connected across the country during times of emergencies.

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that Idaho would be a part of the First Responder Network Authority that's more commonly called FirstNet.  Using technology from AT&T, FirstNet will build and maintain a secure wireless network for Idaho public safety agencies at no cost to the state.  This will be especially important in rural areas.

FirstNet was started based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, noting that a dedicated network for public safety agencies during emergencies was important and, at that time, lacking.

US News & World Report has more on the program and Idaho's participation.