Signed into law by the President on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety data communications. In New York, this is coordinated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
- AT&T’s Sambar emphasizes company’s commitment to public safety, touts disaster-response efforts
AT&T is committed to serving public-safety users that subscribe to FirstNet, which is illustrated by the carrier’s enhancements of its network, personnel and disaster-recovery efforts that have been tested in recent months, according to an AT&T senior vice president for FirstNet.
- AT&T Signs on FirstNet Subscribers, Pricing Details Available
AT&T has signed up the first subscribers in several First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-in states and is offering trial services to other customers. Several state contracting vehicles are publicly available as well, although each agency negotiates individual agency pricing with AT&T.
- AT&T Tower Agreement with Verizon, Tillman to Benefit FirstNet Buildout
AT&T, Verizon and Tillman Infrastructure entered into a joint agreement to build hundreds of cell towers, and AT&T executives said the new builds will contribute to its 25-year agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
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