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A Commitment to Reliable and Secure Networks

Keeping America Safe is dedicated to helping our public officials protect communities, consumers and national security. To do this, we support the creation of reliable and secure next-generation mobile networks as well as FirstNet, the first high-speed national broadband network solely dedicated to America’s public safety community.

FirstNet, which is now transitioning to 5G, was created to alleviate communication challenges for public safety and to allow first responders to coordinate and respond more efficiently during times of emergency or crisis. Since FirstNet’s inception in 2017, over 14,000 public agencies have subscribed with over 1.7 million connections.

U.S. mobile networks are as secure as any in the world, and wireless providers have demonstrated their commitment to building highly secure 5G networks. We believe that network diversity in the form of multiple, competing networks enhances security and drives the innovation and investment that will keep all Americans safe and connected.

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Recent Updates

September 16, 2022

FirstNet officials share details on in-building offering that is free to public safety

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | September 15, 2022 FirstNet officials recently released more information about an in-building-coverage initiative that lets primary-agency customers install AT&T Cell Booster Pro devices—at no cost to the agency—in facilities that house public-safety personnel, such as fire stations and police headquarters. Read more

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August 31, 2022

FirstNet Expands 5G and In-Building Connectivity for First Responders

AT&T Newsroom | August 31, 2022 Now, public safety in more than 40 cities – including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Seattle and St. Louis – can access AT&T mid-band 5G+ spectrum to get the early benefits of its ultra-fast connectivity in a way that meets their unique mission needs. Read more

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August 23, 2022

Across the Country, Local Public Safety Agencies Detail Value of FirstNet Adoption

Bob Morrow | Slate Tech Magazine | August 22, 2022 The First Responder Network Authority recently released an annual report to Congress for 2021, titled “A Decade of Accomplishments,” revealing the rapid adoption by first responders of its namesake dedicated public safety network. In fiscal year 2021, the FirstNet Authority reports, FirstNet adoption had spread […]

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August 17, 2022

FirstNet Authority Board Approves FY23 Budget For Agency Operations, Network Investments

FirstNet Authority Newsroom | August 17, 2022 “This action paves the way for the FirstNet Authority to continue to deliver and enhance the network that first responders across the country have come to trust and rely on for emergencies and natural disasters,” said FirstNet Authority Board Chair Stephen Benjamin. “The budget enables the FirstNet Authority […]

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July 23, 2022

AT&T says FirstNet tops 21,800 agencies, 3.7 million connections

Donny Jackson| Urgent Communications | July 22, 2022 FirstNet added 319,000 connections during the second quarter of this year, resulting in the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) serving more than 21,800 public-safety agencies with more than 3.7 million connections, according to officials for FirstNet contractor AT&T. Read more

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