FirstNet adoption expands to more than 16,000 agencies, 2.2 million connections

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | April 23, 2021

FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) supported more than 2.2 million connections for more than 16,000 subscribing agencies as of March 31, according to figures released today by AT&T, the contractor responsible for building and maintaining the NPSBN for its first 25 years.

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FirstNet adds 5G to first responder network as part of AT&T contract, expanding rural broadband

Tom Temin | Federal News Network | April 21, 2021

Four years in, the FirstNet program is adding 5G technology to the nation’s first responder network. And it’s been steadily building out coverage in rural parts of the country. Here with a progress report on the fourth anniversary of its contract with AT&T, the CEO of the FirstNet Authority, Ed Parkinson, spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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AT&T boosts network speeds for Princeton, Zimmerman areas (New Jersey)

Staff | Hometown Source | April 21, 2021

AT&T has added two new cell towers designed to enhance the Zimmerman and Princeton area’s 4G LTE coverage and help give residents faster, more reliable wireless service. These upgrades are also intended to benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform.

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GovCon Expert Jill Singer Receives Sixth Wash100 Award for Demonstrating Leadership with AT&T, FirstNet & Driving 5G Technology

William McCormick | Executive Biz | April 15, 2021

Jill Singer, vice president of Defense and National Security for AT&T’s public sector business and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) program, has received a 2021 Wash100 Award for driving the advancement of 5G capabilities in the federal and commercial sectors as well as leading FirstNet’s expansion across the U.S. military services.

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KYOCERA Launches Rugged, Reliable, FirstNet Ready DuraXE Epic with AT&T

Tech Decisions Staff | My Tech Decisions | April 16, 2021

Kyocera International Inc., the North American leader in rugged mobile solutions, launched the military-grade and FirstNet Ready™ DuraXE Epic on the AT&T 4G LTE network today. A compact flip phone built for reliability in harsh conditions, Kyocera’s new ultra-rugged device is certified military standard 810H to withstand drops (up to 5 feet onto concrete) and water immersion (IP68 up to 6 ft for 30 min) making it ideal for the public safety, construction and hospitality industries, as well as seniors and anyone looking for a durable, easy-to-use device.

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Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) to shut down

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications | April 16, 2021

After three years of existence, the non-profit Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) will cease operations within 45 days as officials say they believe that the organization achieved its primary goal to promote public safety’s use of open-standard technologies. Victoria Lee, who led the management of PSTA operations, echoed this sentiment, noting that multiple public-safety-focused organizations—for example, TCCA, FirstNet, the Public Safety Technology Broadband Association (PSTBA), the National Alliance of Public Safety GIS and the R2 Network—are advocating that public safety leverage open-standards solutions and APIs

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How Tech Is Transforming Public Safety–and the Implications for Channel Partners

GetWireless Guest Blogger | Channel Futures | April 15, 2021

The creation of the FirstNet program in 2012 provided a dedicated, ubiquitous, high-speed and reliable communications network for public safety personnel, and laid down the backbone for new cloud-based capabilities in the field. Using this communication capability allows our police, fire, EMT and other first responders to obtain and share critical and timely information at the time and place of need, enhancing coordinated responses to emergencies.

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FirstNet rolling out 5G, tower-to-core encryption

Stephanie Kanowitz | GNC | April 15, 2021

The FirstNet wireless broadband network for public safety is getting two new capabilities: 5G connectivity and tower-to-core encryption. The biggest difference FirstNet users will notice with 5G is speed, said Scott Agnew, assistant vice president of product marketing for the FirstNet Program at AT&T, which is building the public safety network.

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Baltimore Police Department Deploys FirstNet Service

Staff | Mission Critical Communications | April 14, 2021

The Baltimore Police Department has connected more than 3,000 officers, first responders and other key personnel to FirstNet. With this tech advancement, the department is equipping its first responders with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, allowing them to better serve those who live, work and visit Baltimore.

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