RI first in the nation to deploy new disaster response tech

Courtney Carter | WPRI | August 10, 2021

When disaster strikes, communication is crucial. That’s why the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and Gov. Dan McKee announced Tuesday that first responders will soon start using some groundbreaking technology. These so-called “Compact Rapid Deployables” are mobile units that use satellite connectivity to make sure first responders have access to cellular and wi-fi coverage wherever they are. Rhode Island is the first state to deploy the devices, which were provided at no cost by AT&T and FirstNet.

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