FirstNet Needs Integrated Technical Collaboration, CEO Says

Gary Arlen | Multichannel News

Establishing an integrated first-responder communications system is all about the details, not just the big picture overview and goals.  That reality became obvious as Michael Poth, CEO of The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), explained the agency’s objectives to a Media Institute monthly luncheon in Washington on Feb 15.

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New communications system prioritizes emergency responders’ calls during catastrophic emergencies

Shale Remien | Fox Carolina

It can be frustrating having a call drop, or a text that simply won’t deliver. For first responders, that’s not an option in an emergency situation. A new communications network called “First Net” was created so public safety officials will never have to deal with that during catastrophic events. “We get one chance to make it right when it comes to a life or death decision, so when we look at network and look communications packages, we have to be sure that it’s going to do the job for us,” Captain Matthew Littleton with Easley Fire Department said.

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Oakland Co. among first with new communications tech

Mike Matindale | The Detroit News

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Monday his department will be the first in Michigan and one of the first in the nation to equip officers with FirstNet, a communications tool that can save lives. Bouchard said the telecommunications program will allow first responders, such as police and firefighters, to be able to access phone service that potentially can be compromised due to too many phone users utilizing devices at the same time —such as at a major event.

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Brazos County Sheriff Office becomes first public-safety agency in Texas to subscribe to FirstNet

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

Officials for the Brazos County Sheriff Office announce that it is the first public-safety agency in Texas to subscribe to FirstNet services provided by AT&T, joining a handful of early adopters already using the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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Northern Mariana Islands ‘opt-in’ decision gives FirstNet clean sweep of states and territories

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph DeLeon Guerrero Torres announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning all 56 states and territories in the U.S. have made an “opt-in” decision.

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The Northern Mariana Islands to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Torres Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres accepted the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools that will help the Northern Mariana Islands’ first responders save lives and protect communities.

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All 50 U.S. States, 2 Territories and the District of Columbia Opt-In to FirstNet

AT&T Newsroom 

This is a big day for public safety. With yesterday’s close of the FirstNet opt-in/opt-out period, the unanimous decisions of states and territories across America are in. Fifty states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia opted in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T’s* plan to design and build a dedicated wireless broadband network for their respective public safety communities. This gives first responders nationwide a groundbreaking new choice for their communications.

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