AT&T Official Touts FirstNet Network as Deadline Looms for States

Michael Luciano | Wireless Week

The recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma in the U.S. highlighted the continued susceptibility of telecom networks to natural or manmade disasters.

In an effort to ensure that first responders remain able to communicate during times of crisis, the federal government established the First Responder Network Authority, which would set aside spectrum dedicated to emergency services, in 2012. AT&T was awarded the federal contract to build the FirstNet network, and states and territories have until late December to either opt into FirstNet or consider alternative proposals from other companies.

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