First responders dedicate their lives to saving lives. When everyone else is running away from danger, they run to it.
It’s been 20 years since the events of 9/11 irrevocably changed the world as we knew it. And in that time, America has endured devastating natural disasters. Mass shootings. Bombings. Explosions. An insurgency at the U.S. Capitol. And a global pandemic. Through it all, our first responders have persevered.
As public safety’s communications partner, we honor you and thank you for protecting our families, friends and communities.
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We honor the citizens and first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 by supporting the mission of unity and good deeds organized by 9/11 Day.
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“Chief,” a 9/11 documentary honoring FDNY's William Feehan
The film honors Chief Feehan’s deep knowledge of FDNY history and advocacy to improve conditions for firefighters by launching a fundraising drive for FDNY Mand library and increasing awareness of FirstNet among first responders
FirstNet is mission-ready!
As FirstNet enters its 4th year in partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), public safety can be confident they have the communication tools no matter their mission.
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September 11, 2001
The September 11, 2001, attacks were one of the most devastating events in our nation’s history. The tragedy also revealed fundamental problems with the communications systems used by America’s first responders, such as radio system limitations preventing first responders from different agencies to speak with each other, and wireless networks becoming overwhelmed and congested hampering public safety voice and data transmissions.
February 22, 2012
U.S Congress created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) as part of the bipartisan Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. The law allocated 20 megahertz of spectrum and $7 billion (in funds raised through spectrum auction) to establish a broadband network dedicated to the nation's first responders and gave the FirstNet Authority the mandate to build, operate, and maintain that network.
Public safety officials worked closely with the FirstNet Authority since its inception to ensure the FirstNet network meets first responders’ needs – today and in the future. After consulting with more than 1.8 million first responders and state, tribal, territorial, and local public safety and technology executives across the country, the FirstNet Authority issued an RFP to create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership and help bring FirstNet to life.
Architected from the ground up for superior reliability, AT&T launched the dedicated, physically separate FirstNet network core, giving first responders access to a highly secure and truly specialized communications system that is distinct from commercial network offerings to keep them mission ready.
From hurricanes and wildfires to major events like the Boston Marathon and 4th of July parades, public safety agencies on FirstNet, Built with AT&T have access to their own dedicated fleet of 72 portable cell sites to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line. FirstNet Fleet assets are available free of charge, 24x7x365 to agencies on FirstNet, giving them confidence they will have connectivity when and where they need it.
March 2020 – Present
COVID-19 is an unprecedented event for the country. And FirstNet is helping America’s first responders and medical professionals – resulting in a growth of FirstNet subscribers on the frontlines – in the fight against the pandemic. Examples include providing critical connectivity in hard-hit communities for field hospitals, quarantine locations, naval hospital ships, major medical centers, emergency operations centers, drive-thru testing and vaccination sites and more.
When designing the custom FirstNet State Plans, public safety and local leaders identified priority coverage areas. The FirstNet network expansion is helping to bridge the rural-urban digital divide to help ensure all of public safety – and the communities they serve – have access to critical connectivity to help meet the urgent challenges of today and tomorrow. FirstNet now covers 2.71 million square miles of the nation, and more than 15,000 public safety agencies and organizations – accounting for more than 2 million connections nationwide – have subscribed to FirstNet.
The impacts of FirstNet have been real, tangible and, at times, lifesaving. We believe FirstNet is the most important wireless network in the nation because it is serving our first responders. And both AT&T and the FirstNet Authority are committed to continuously evolving and innovating to meet public safety’s ongoing needs over the next 20+ years to help keep public safety and those they serve safer.