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A Commitment to Public Safety

Every day, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, and other public safety officials risk their lives to help keep America safe. Unfortunately, for many years, these public servants have dealt with communication challenges that have impeded their ability to respond and act in an emergency. After the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, these challenges emerged in an even greater capacity when first responders could not communicate with one another.

Keeping America Safe is committed to helping our public officials  protect our communities. To do this, we support FirstNet, the first high-speed national broadband network solely dedicated to America’s public safety community. By creating FirstNet, first responders will be able to coordinate and respond more efficiently during times of emergency or crisis.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. FirstNet provides our public safety officials with the tools they need to save lives and secure our nation, states, and local communities.

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Recent Updates

January 9, 2019

AT&T Says FirstNet Subscribers Surpass 425K, Up 60% Since October

Bevin Fletcher | ECNmag.com | January 9, 2019 Momentum continues on AT&T’s network build and FirstNet public safety communications initiative.  The operator said there are 425,000 FirstNet subscribers across 5,250 public safety agencies, a 60 percent jump in connections since October. Read more

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December 14, 2018

FirstNet Outlines New Operational Strategy at Board Meeting

Sandra Wendelken | RadioResource Media Group | December 13, 2018 The acting CEO of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) laid out a new strategy for the organization through 2022 as it moves further into operational mode and the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) gains subscribers and coverage. Read more

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December 5, 2018

AT&T Completes 1/3 of FirstNet Buildout, 6 Months Ahead of Schedule

Sandra Wendelken | RadioResource Media Group | December 5, 2018 AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said the company has completed one-third of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout, and the carrier is six months ahead of schedule of the buildout requirements in the FirstNet contract. Read more

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November 30, 2018

Public-private partnership brings state-of-the-art technology for Guam’s first responders

Chirag Bhojwani | Pacific News Center | November 30, 2018 Christopher Algiere, Firstnet’s Director of Federal and National Programs states that “Firstnet is a wireless broadband network designed specifically for Public Safety and for first responders, both nationally and here in the Pacific Territories.” Read more  

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November 20, 2018

Todd Early appointed as new chair of FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | November 20, 2018 Longtime public-safety-broadband proponent Todd Early of Texas is the new chair for the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), FirstNet Authority Chair Ed Horowitz announced today. Read more

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In December 2018, FirstNet's Charles Hardnett served as a subject matter expert and judge in The New School's first responder "Innovation Challenge." This educational event provided an opportunity for students from Atlanta to create and design solutions for some of the most challenging technological problems facing first responders.

TNS - The New School #publicsafety #STEMOur Director of Community Engaged Learning, Mason West, has opened up some amazing opportunities for our students. Recently, TNS students partnered with AT&T, to launch a city-wide "Innovation Challenge" - students used Blockchain and Internet of Things technologies to create mobile apps for first responders on AT&T’s FirstNet platform. What an opportunity for the students to apply their design thinking and tech skills to real-world problems.

Thanks to awesome partners including Women of AT&T, Ucensys Research, Atlanta Fire and Rescue, City of Atlanta Police Department, Grady Memorial EMS, City of Atlanta Government, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, IBM, Angeleen Wilson.
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