FirstNet at 10 Years: Coverage, Deployables, 5G 

Edward Parkinson | First Responder Network Authority Blog | April 7, 2022

Emergencies know no boundaries, a reality that first responders live every day. That’s why coverage is king for public-safety communications. First responders need connectivity in the places where their mission takes them. At the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), we ensure that public safety’s critical communications needs are at the center of the deployment of FirstNet, the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Together with our contractor, AT&T, we’ve engaged with public safety officials to map out expanding network coverage, including in traditionally underserved and rural areas.

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FirstNet Expands Coverage Nationwide to Support Public Safety 

AT&T Newsroom | FirstNet Nationwide Coverage Site | March 31, 2022

FirstNet already covers over 99% of the U.S. population today, but we aren’t stopping there. We’re deploying Band 14 – nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet – providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. We’re also launching new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites across the country to expand rural and remote coverage, as well as expanding first responders’ access to a one-of-a-kind 5G experience on FirstNet. Currently reaching more than 2.81 million square miles across the country, FirstNet covers more first responders than any network in the U.S.

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Medical Transport Company Selects FirstNet Service 

Mission Critical Communications | March 22, 2022

Global Medical Response (GMR) has selected FirstNet service to support its operations. With this tech advancement, the company can equip first responders across the country with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field. Utilizing FirstNet across the entire ecosystem of mobility devices and services nationwide, GMR is helping local first responders, paramedics and other disaster response team members connect during times of need.

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Annual Report to Congress Highlights 10 Years of Accomplishment for First Responder Network Authority

First Responder Authority Network | March 9, 2022

The FirstNet Authority’s Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2021, “A Decade of Accomplishments,” highlights our rich history and successes during the first ten years of the FirstNet program, in addition to detailing our operations, activities, financial condition, and accomplishments over the last fiscal year.

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Supporting Marshall Fire Responders with Priority Service and On-Demand Coverage

Tracey Murdock|  FirstNet Authority | March 2, 2022

Fire raged in Boulder County, Colorado, during the last hours of 2021, covering more than 6,000 acres of densely populated land. In what would become the state’s most destructive fire in history, the Marshall Fire left thousands of residents without homes. Firefighters from across Colorado and neighboring Wyoming responded in force to calm the blaze, which was being fueled by winds with category 2 hurricane speeds.

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FirstNet at 10: A Decade of Dedication to Public Safety

Ed Parkinson | US Department of Commerce Blog | February 22, 2022

Broadband has become the lifeblood of our economy. It is also essential to our national security and public safety, a fact that first responders recognized many years ago. The tragedies of September 11th revealed fundamental problems with the communication systems used by our nation’s first responders. They needed a more advanced telecommunications infrastructure for their lifesaving mission, a reliable one to help them communicate and share information during emergencies and daily operations.

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FirstNet exceeds 3 million connections and 19,500 agencies, AT&T reports

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | January 26, 2022

FirstNet added more than 1 million connections last year, providing more than 3 million connections to more than 19,500 public-safety agencies at the end of 2021, according to figures reported this morning by AT&T, the contractor responsible for building and maintaining the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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AT&T’s Porter says hybrid wireless, fixed approach is key for uplink needs

Bevin Fletcher | Fierce Wireless | December 14, 2021

Jason Porter, president of AT&T’s FirstNet business and public sector, said Tuesday that a hybrid wireless and fixed network deployment approach is key to support tremendous growth in uplink needs and a broad range of use cases. Porter’s purview spans AT&T’s dedicated public safety network FirstNet, federal customers like the DoD and other agencies, as well as state and local government and education.

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