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.
- Verizon’s Firefighter-Throttling Controversy Could Help AT&T
Verizon Communications Inc.’s snafu with limiting data speeds of California firefighters comes at an opportune time for rival AT&T Inc., which is striving to sign up public-safety customers to its FirstNet network.
- Records Show FirstNet, AT&T Execs Pressured Colorado Officials After LTE Interoperability Filing
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T executives criticized a July 6 Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB) filing on public-safety interoperability in emails to officials in the Governor’s Office according to emails obtained from a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request.
- Verizon throttled fire department's "unlimited" data during Calif. Wildfire
Verizon Wireless' throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.
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