Temporary cell towers allow communication for first responders

Asad  Jung | Cape Cod Times | October 28, 2021

Communications are back up and running for the Bourne Police Department and other Cape Cod first responders after four temporary communication towers were erected in less than 24 hours, according to Bourne police. The effort happened through a partnership between Bourne police and FirstNet, a post-9/11 telecommunications network that enables first responders to communicate effectively in times of emergency FirstNet is powered by AT&T and is an independent agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, according to its website. It was “night and day” when the four temporary towers were erected, said Bourne police Lt. Brandon Esip. Damage from the nor’easter that touched down Tuesday night made department personnel unable to communicate through their department-issued cell phones, and also reduced their ability to communicate with each other through radio, he said.

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