Fifty states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia opted in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T´s (NYSE: T) plan to design and build a dedicated wireless broadband network for their respective public safety communities, the company said.
This gives first responders nationwide a groundbreaking new choice for their communications.
FirstNet is America´s first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network. The recommendation for a separate, dedicated network for first responders was made by the 9/11 Commission based on the communication challenges public safety experienced during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, it´s been clear that the needs of public safety demand more than the networks of the past.
AT&T will spend about USD 40 billion over the life of the contract to deliver FirstNet. And the First Responder Network Authority is providing success-based payments of USD 6.5 billion over the next 5 years as well as 20 MHz of high-value spectrum to support FirstNet´s build.
FirstNet will also bring first responders a host of new capabilities in 2018. These will help make their communications simpler, safer, faster, more collaborative and more secure.
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