California Highway Patrol Hands Officers Vital New Tools

Brad Grimes | State Tech | July 13, 2021

CHP distributed 500 Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 detachable notebook computers to its motorcycle officers for collecting stop data. Deployed as ruggedized touch tablets, the officers could slip the devices into their saddlebags and use the touch screen interface to enter the required information. The Toughbook CF-20 is one of more than 200 mobile devices certified to work with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nationwide broadband network for public safety agencies, including police and fire.

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Jason Porter: AT&T Expands FirstNet Cell Site Fleet for First Responder Support

Christine Thropp | Executive Biz | July 6, 2021

The deployable network assets of the FirstNet broadband communications platform expanded to over 100 cell sites in support of first responders’ emergency response activities, GovCon Wire reported June 25. According to AT&T, the expansion effort is aimed at providing communications support to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and other first responders through the FirstNet portable cell sites. “We’ve expanded the FirstNet fleet to provide even more portable cell sites, as well as to introduce new types of assets to help public safety stay mission ready,” said Jason Porter, president of public sector and FirstNet at AT&T.

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Kentucky turns to RapidDeploy, AT&T for statewide 911 mapping, analytics

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | July 4, 2021

Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) in the state of Kentucky soon will have the opportunity to leverage cloud-native RapidDeploy mapping and analytics solutions through a statewide deal with AT&T that is designed to help improve response times to emergency calls. RapidDeploy CEO Steve Raucher said the Kentucky announcement represents the fifth statewide deal for his company’s 911 technology offerings, after previous announcements from the states of the California, Arizona, Kansas and Minnesota—most through the RapidDeploy’s relationship with AT&T.

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FirstNet expands its deployables, cell sites

Kelly Hill | RCR Wireless | June 29, 2021

FirstNet-AT&T has expanded its fleet of portable land- and air-based cell sites for temporary coverage, with more than 100 deployables now available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge. The new deployables include three Communications Vehicles (CVs) stationed across the country, four micro satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLTs), 10 additional regular SatCOLTs and two new deployables in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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T-Mobile pumps up first responder program with preemption

Bevin Fletcher | Fierce Wireless | June 18, 2021

AT&T has made significant moves since securing its FirstNet contract, as part of a public-private partnership to create a dedicated public safety network. FirstNet now covers 2.71 million square miles and AT&T is more than 90% complete with its deployment of Band 14 spectrum, allocated for first responders on FirstNet. At the end of the first quarter, AT&T had more than 16,000 agencies signed on and 2.2 million FirstNet connections.

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New Echo Trail cell site supports first responders

The Timberjary | June 17, 2021

When firefighters battled a wildfire that began May 17 near Bezhik Lake that burned 782 acres of forest, they were joined the next day by a partner that helped them communicate and coordinate their efforts. A new, purpose-built cell site located on the Echo Trail, northwest of Ely near Meander Lake and Lake Jeanette State Forest, went into operation on May 18, one of the first primarily powered by solar in the Midwest region. This FirstNet site will provide coverage when traveling along the Echo Trail.

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AT&T Boosts FirstNet Network on Yankton Sioux Reservation

Zacks Equity Research | June 15, 2021

AT&T Inc. T has expanded the FirstNet network to improve the critical wireless connectivity for first responders serving the Yankton Sioux Tribal communities. AT&T has added a purpose-built cell site southwest of Wagner, SD on the Yankton Sioux Reservation near Marty. This new site will increase network coverage and capacity for first responders and residents of Marty in southern Charles Mix County.

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