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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AT&T announces customer relief to those impacted by tornadoes

Morgan Hoover | WKNY | December 12, 2021

To aid in the recovery efforts, we are supporting 14 FirstNet requests from public safety and have deployed a total of nine solutions in Kentucky, four in Tennessee, and 1 in Arkansas. Our teams and FirstNet liaisons continue to be in contact with federal, tribal, state and local officials on our deployment efforts to support public safety and the communities in impacted areas.

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AT&T Selected to Modernize the Coast Guard’s Data Network

Staff | Homeland Security Today | December 9, 2021

AT&T will consolidate the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) disparate data communications networks onto a single modernized data communications platform under a Task Order from the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s contracting arm. The agreement with AT&T is valued at $161 million over 11 years if all options are exercised.

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FirstNet to give Army first responders a boost in wireless communications

Megan Gully |US Army Materiel Command | December 3, 2021

The Army marked the start of a partnership that will provide a dedicated communication network to first responders, every day and in every emergency. Lt. Gen. Donnie Walker, deputy commanding general of Army Materiel Command and senior commander of Redstone Arsenal, joined Alabama Governor Kay Ivey; Richard Carrizzo, vice chair, FirstNet Government Authority Board of Directors; and Wayne Hutchens, president of AT&T Alabama, to announce new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites at 72 Army installations nationwide.

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First responders face growing mental health toll amid ongoing pandemic

Maria Clark | The American South | December 3, 2021

FirstNet is a public safety wireless communication network created after the 9/11 attacks built specifically for first responders and the public safety community. Since October 2020, AT&T has been building a Health and Wellness Program to integrate with the FirstNet network that provides health and wellness resources for first responders.

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AT&T’s Jason Porter on the Power of Partnerships for Network Innovation to Drive Federal Missions

Adam Stone | Washington Exec | November 17, 2021

“We thrive as a nation when public and private enterprises are working together,” said Jason Porter, president of AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet. In his role, Porter is working to ensure government has access to the latest networking tools in support of public safety, education and across the federal mission set.

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Public Safety, Critical Infrastructure Highlight Importance of Backup Power in Disasters

Danny Ramey | Mission Critical Communications | November 9, 2021

Jeff Johnson, the executive chief of the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) and former First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) vice chair, detailed the importance of broadband in responding to the many disasters that agencies contend with. He cited technologies such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that allow agencies to detect fires before they get large and situational technologies that give commanders better insights into a disaster.

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The impact of FirstNet on tribal communities in a post 9/11 world

Margaret Gutierrez | National Tribal Government Liaison, FirstNet Authority | November 2, 2021

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and its network contractor AT&T are working to bring FirstNet’s unique capabilities to areas historically prone to communication challenges. Today, the FirstNet network provides over 2.71 million square miles of coverage, and new cell sites are launching nationwide, including in tribal communities such as the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho, the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota, and the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

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