FirstNet Now Serves Over 1,000 Public Safety Agencies; Service Used in Active Shooter Situations

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FirstNet public safety agencies now number over 1,000, AT&T announced yesterday. The carrier is the exclusive operator of the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband network. Although that network is still under construction, the carrier already gives public safety users priority access and, when necessary, pre-emption on...Learn More

Eligible First Responders Can Now Get Individual Plans Through FirstNet

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Verified FirstNet subscriber paid users can now sign up for service at any of 5300 AT&T locations nationwide. FirstNet subscriber paid users must be verified first responders, AT&T said. FirstNet is the nationwide mobile broadband public safety network that AT&T is building nationwide. While some...Learn More

AT&T Flying COW Drone: Funny Name, Serious Mission

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An AT&T flying COW drone demonstrated at the carrier’s Bedminster, NJ, facility and in Redmond, WA aims to help speed disaster recovery efforts. While readers may be familiar with using the COW acronym to mean “cellsite on wheels,” this COW is a “cell on wings.”...Learn More

EXCLUSIVE: AT&T, Verizon Outline FirstNet Interoperability Details; Rural Specifics Remain Light

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AT&T and Verizon have been conducting a sort of press release duel in recent months with regard to public safety communications. Verizon traditionally has had the largest share of that market, but AT&T gained a tremendous edge when it won contracts and spectrum to build...Learn More

Behind Dueling AT&T, Verizon Public Safety Core Network Announcements

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In separate announcements today, AT&T and Verizon provided launch details for core networks to support mobile broadband service for public safety users. AT&T last year won contracts and funding from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build a nationwide public safety core network, along...Learn More

FirstNet Provides Progress Report

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FirstNet, the first responder network being built in a public/private partnership between AT&T and the FirstResponder Authority, is approaching its first birthday with network construction underway. A FirstNet progress report came in the form of a blog post and press release. All 50 states, the...Learn More

CFO: Extensive Fiber Assets, FirstNet Give AT&T an Advantage on 5G Backhaul

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AT&T’s legacy as a local exchange carrier (LEC), combined with its nationwide fiber network, will give it an advantage in backhaul connectivity for 5G wireless by minimizing 5G backhaul costs, said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor...Learn More

FirstNet Gets a New Look

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A new FirstNet visual identity was unveiled by AT&T today. It marks the next phase of the FirstNet initiative, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. territories now all on board. The process has taken considerable time, and has not been...Learn More

FirstNet Gains All 50 States After All

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The national public safety network framework has now been solidified, with all 50 states opting in to FirstNet, the public-private partnership effort between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Commerce. FirstNet will build an interoperable $46 billion wireless broadband network for public safety use. Individual...Learn More

New Hampshire FirstNet Opt Out is a Strike Against AT&T

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The New Hampshire FirstNet opt out decision announced today will leave at least one state out of AT&T’s plan to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network. Thirty-five states and territories have chosen AT&T to build their FirstNet public safety network and until now,...Learn More

Rivada Conditionally Wins Colorado Public Safety Network Contract

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November 28, 2017 — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rivada Networks and Macquarie Capital announced today they will jointly pursue opt-out state contracts under the FirstNet legislation. The first initiative of this alliance is a conditional award from the State of Colorado to build out its public-safety broadband...Learn More

FirstNet Rural Build Out Opportunities, State Opt Out Controversy Outlined Before Congress

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A Congressional hearing today brought some clarity to open issues regarding the FirstNet public safety network, including FirstNet rural service provider opportunities, as well as interoperability and opt out issues. Interoperability issues pertain to two different aspects of the network, including the radio access network...Learn More

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