Los Angeles – March 30, 2017
First responders frequently lack the ability to coordinate and communicate across agencies and jurisdictions when the public needs them the most but that’s about to change.
AT&T has been selected by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build and manage the first broadband network dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services. The FirstNet network will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories. This will “make America a leader and public safety a national priority,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.
Today, first responders use commercial networks – the same ones used by consumers and businesses – for mobile data and applications. That can be an issue when a significant public safety crisis happens and commercial networks quickly become congested. It makes it difficult for first responders to communicate, coordinate and do their jobs.
“We are committed to making the deployment of the first-ever nationwide public safety network a reality with advanced technology. This significant public-private infrastructure investment is expected to create 10,000 U.S. jobs over the next two years from AT&T’s work for FirstNet. AT&T has a 140-year history of investment in California and a long-standing commitment to serving the public safety community,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T California President.
FirstNet and AT&T will innovate and evolve the network to keep the public safety community at the forefront of technology advances. For example, as 5G network capabilities develop in the coming years, FirstNet and AT&T will work together to provide the exponential increases in the speed with which video and data travel across the FirstNet network.
AT&T will create 10,000 jobs over the next two years with this project.