FirstNet and AT&T to provide public safety broadband on Nation

Navajo-Hopi Observer

On Feb. 21, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation which requests FirstNet and AT&T to develop the nationwide public safety broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders on the Navajo Nation. The legislation also calls for FirstNet and AT&T to accept nation-to-nation relations and also requests the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and Navajo telecommunications programs to provide assessments and strategic plans for all areas on the Navajo Nation, some of which have no or little broadband network services.


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Colorado gets a leg up on FirstNet deployment

Stephanie Kanowitz | GCN

As one of the Early Builders for FirstNet’s nationwide broadband public safety network, Colorado officials expect their experience testing the demonstration network’s capabilities will help as applications and devices come online. The lessons learned from the applications, devices and operational sides and “can help our state move forward quickly and take advantage of the technology shift and really try to get ahead of the curve,” said Brian Shepherd, broadband program manager at the state’s Office of Information Technology.

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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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AT&T Statement on FirstNet and Alternative State Deployment Plans

AT&T Public Policy 

The following may be attributed to Joan Marsh, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory:

“AT&T commends the FCC for moving quickly to adopt a FirstNet order, which paves the way for meaningful and in-depth Commission review of any alternative state deployment plans.  It is critical to our nation’s first responders that states that propose an alternative to FirstNet’s national public safety broadband network fully demonstrate compliance with the statutory requirements.”

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