FirstNet Authority Unveils Roadmap Plans, Investment Principles

March 20, 2019 (JACKSON, MS) – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) today unveiled new initiatives to shape the future of public safety’s network and advance a dedicated FirstNet experience that will transform public safety operations to help save lives and protect communities.

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FirstNet Newsletter


Wi-Fi and Video Calling launched Jan. 4, 2019, on the Samsung Galaxy A6. Wi-Fi and Video Calling allow first responders on FirstNet first access to the FirstNet packet core in the event the LTE Radio Access Network is not accessible and public Wi-Fi® access is accessible.

Real Time Text launched Jan. 4, 2019, on the Samsung Galaxy A6 and LG Stylo 4+. Real Time Text is a TeleTYpeWriter alternative for hearing- or speech-impaired customers that sends text as it is typed. It is useful for making both every day and emergency calls. You start a text conversation like a voice call, but it is different from instant messaging and SMS. Both parties see text characters appear on their devices as they are typed.

Master Local Control in minutes! Visit our newly-launched training site. And learn to quickly navigate the robust features and functionality available to you in Local Control. Participate in an interactive instructor-led 60-minute course, offered multiple times to fit your schedule. See the full list of training sessions available to you and register now to reserve your Local Control training session.

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AT&T FirstNet Report

FirstNet has kept first responders connected through hurricanes Florence and Michael, and more

More than 3,600 public safety agencies across the country have now joined FirstNet. That’s a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of agencies subscribing to the nationwide wireless communications ecosystem in less than 2 months.

That accounts for more than 250,000 connections on FirstNet. And first responders from federal, state, local and tribal public safety agencies are continuing to turn to FirstNet for the communications tools they need – especially during emergencies and large events.

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AT&T FirstNet Update

In July, AT&T said that equipment operating in the FirstNet spectrum band had been installed on 2500 cell sites nationwide, though the buildout was yet to be validated by the FirstNet Authority.

Earlier this month, the organization said that it would use Axon Body 3 cameras, which can alleviate danger to first responders and the public. The cameras provide live video, gunshot detection alerts, the ability to upload evidence from the field and other features.

Also this month, FirstNet provided access to the full fleet of 72 dedicated deployable network assets. They are stationed around the country and can be deployed for live events or in emergencies.

In August, FirstNet said that more than 2,500 public safety agencies across the country have joined the network. This almost doubled the amount of agencies in the project since the preceding update, which was only a month earlier.

FirstNet Build Out Reduces AT&T 5G Costs

“. . . AT&T expects to finish its efforts to build out fiber to roughly 14 million locations within the next 12 months.”

This fiber will support FirstNet and 5G installations. AT&T plans to install 5G equipment on towers as it installs the FirstNet 700 MHz equipment. This will reduce AT&T’s 5G infrastructure costs.  We can hope it results in lower cost 5G access. No breath holding allowed.