Signed into law 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's emergency and daily data communications. In New York, the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services represents public safety stakeholder interests with FirstNet and its selected partner, AT&T.
- New Jersey Decommissions JerseyNet, Transfers Assets to AT&T FirstNet.
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) announced the completion and decommissioning of JerseyNet, one of five First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) early builder Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
- AT&T Adds New Applications in FirstNet App Catalog for First Responders
AT&T has added new applications in the FirstNet App Catalog to further support FirstNet subscribers with their public safety operations. New programs include Explorer for ArcGIS, Intrepid Response, NetMotion, PulsePoint and SceneDoc.
- Fiber Damage Vexes Verizon After Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael has caused such extensive damage to the fiber that underpins Verizon Communications Inc.’s wireless network that it has stymied the carrier’s efforts to restore service to parts of the hardest-hit areas of the Florida Panhandle.
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