FirstNet Goes Live

John Eggerton | Multichannel News | March 27, 2018

AT&T says that FirstNet has gone live, timed to the one-year anniversary of the telco securing the contract for the public-private interactive broadband emergency communications network funded with FCC auction proceeds.

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AT&T says 6 GHz band key for FirstNet, 5G

Monica Alleven | FierceWireless | March 21, 2018

Representatives of AT&T, which won the contract to provide the network for FirstNet—the nation’s first nationwide wireless network dedicated to public safety—met last week with FCC staff to discuss its concerns about a proposed expansion of the 5.9125-7.125 GHz band to include unlicensed use.

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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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