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Read what respected leaders in the public safety community are saying about their network.

Link to first responders is critical for security firm

September 22, 2020

Kenneth Laird
CEO, Canyon Security Specialist and Consulting

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FirstNet Helping Madison County Coroner’s Office stay connected

July 21, 2020
Danielle Noone
Madison County Coroner
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Madison County counts on interoperable, reliable communication and dedicated support

June 25, 2020

Brent Jensen
Executive Director
Madison County Central Dispatch

Madison County has about 130,000 people. We have 15 police departments, 15 fire departments and numerous state agencies that we serve here in Madison County. And we manage the communications and the portal for all 30-plus agencies here at Central Dispatch.

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Oglala Sioux Tribe using FirstNet to integrate technology, increase officer safety

June 17, 2020

Tawny Zimiga
IT Director
Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety

Prior to going to FirstNet, we had no reliable way to communicate. We looked into different options – a lot were expensive and unattainable for our agency. 

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Infrastructure, access to deployables provide incentive to join FirstNet

April 20, 2020

Tony Harrison
Investigations Commander
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

The unique thing about Pennington County is that we have the Black Hills in our jurisdiction.

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FirstNet is critical in life-safety issues in Indian Country

March 12, 2020

Robert Ecoffey
Chief of Police, Department of Public Safety
Oglala Sioux Tribe

One of the challenges we had as a department was improving communication – especially when it came to officer safety and safety of the public.

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FirstNet allows us to have virtually seamless communication

February 13, 2020

Michael Staff
Vice President, Apollo Towing Service

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in 2017, it knocked out everything – the repeating towers, the electricity. We couldn’t communicate.

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For us, FirstNet has worked the first time, every time. 

January 20, 2020

Michael Naughton
Fire Chief, City of Leon Valley, TX

When new technology comes out, people promise a lot of things...

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City of Leon Valley: Small town with cutting edge communications needs

December 16, 2019
Joseph Salvaggio
Chief of Police, Leon Valley, Texas

Leon Valley is a small city stuck in the middle of 7th largest city in the nation...

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A FirstNet training exercise for Tribal Public Safety

November 19, 2019

Carrie Johnson
FirstNet Program at AT&T

For tribal first responders, communication can be tough ...

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Reliable, resilient communication is critical during emergency and day-to-day operations

October 28, 2019
Kim Zagaris
Wildland Fire Policy and Technology Advisor, Western Fire Chiefs Association

One of our most critical items during emergency operations ...

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“Adding FirstNet to our layers of security gives me great peace of mind”

September 25, 2019
Tony Furman
Principal, Blocker Middle School, Texas City Independent School District

One of my key roles as a middle school principal ...

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"When I think of FirstNet now, I think of endless opportunities."

August 19, 2019
Bryan M. Fortino
CFO, Del Oro Water Company

Del Oro Water Company serves 20 districts ...

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A firefighter perspective

July 23, 2019
Donna Black
Fire Chief, Duck, N.C.

“From a firefighter perspective, communication is our No. 1 priority – 24 x 7 x 365.”

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Sound-to-sea community relies on FirstNet

June 21, 2019
John Cueto
Duck Police Department Chief

What makes Duck, N.C., unique is the geography. It’s about 2.32 ...

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With FirstNet, we’re able to go from “1,000 words, to a picture is worth 1,000 words”

May 10, 2019
Rodney Reed
Assistant Chief of Operational Support

Harris County was one of the early adopters...

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FirstNet helps San Antonio develop a common operating picture for big events

April 19, 2019
James Glass
Deputy Director, Southwest Texas Fusion Center

Putting on a large-scale event brings its share of ...

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FirstNet Turns 1, celebrates with heightened security, control and capabilities

March 28, 2019
Stacy Schwartz
Vice President AT&T - Public Safety & FirstNet Program at AT&T

A year ago, Public Safety’s communications platform came to life with the launch of the FirstNet network core...

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“Communication is the tip of the spear in any emergency response.”

March 27, 2019
Charles Hood
San Antonio Fire Chief

Communication is the tip of the spear in any type of emergency response. And for a city like ours...

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“FirstNet has been instrumental in us developing…what I believe is a gold standard..."

February 26, 2019
Dr. Rodney Cavness
Superintendent, Texas City Independent School District

As a school administrator, I’ve studied school safety and security for 30 years. And for...

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“It's got to work for us, it's got to be reliable and..."

February 26, 2019
Sergeant Derik Fillmore
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, School Liaison Division

Communication is key in our role as school liaison officers with the...

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphones coming...

February 26, 2019
Bob Sloan
Chief Operating Officer, FirstNet Program at AT&T

We’re growing the FirstNet device ecosystem with the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+...

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FirstNet – the network “too good to be true” – is...

February 12, 2019
Sgt. Randall Johnston
Texas City Police Department

When I first heard about FirstNet right after 9/11, it sounded too good to be to true.

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When it comes to security, communication is top priority

January 18, 2019
Mike Matranga
Executive Director of Security for Texas City ISD

Communication is the absolute number one priority when it comes to security for us in the K-12 market.

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Operability is the key for Fresno County Sheriff

December 10, 2018
Margaret Mims
Fresno County Sheriff

“When I first heard about FirstNet, I thought, ‘here’s our opportunity to fix that problem.’”

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Adopting FirstNet early is key to developing ...

November 12, 2018
Tim Zientek
Director of Emergency Management, Fire and Housekeeping with Citizen Potawatomi Nation

As director of emergency management for Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, I’ve worked with FEMA and the Department of Homeland ...

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FirstNet users can find innovative solutions tailored to their needs in the FirstNet App Catalog

November 13, 2018
Bob Sloan
Chief Operating Officer AT&T - FirstNet Program

Over the last few months, the FirstNet team has stocking the FirstNet App Catalog’s virtual shelves with powerfuland intuitive applications to help public...

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Firefighters, communities battling wildfires get a FirstNet assist

August 23, 2018
Mike Duyck
Fire Chief – Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Connectivity is a crucial part of public safety. When we’re on the fire line, daily briefings with all crews are critical for safety and situational awareness. We ...

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Coding for Good: Last Call to Join the FirstNet Hackathon to Help…

March 23, 2018
AT&T

The more connected you are, the more aware you can be. And when it comes to public safety, that awareness can be lifesaving. That's why FirstNet launched the FirstNet Applications Ecosystem…

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New FirstNet Devices: The Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Coming Soon to Public…

February 25, 2018
AT&T

First responders are long overdue for a tech upgrade. That's why we're excited to bring you the modern, cutting-edge capabilities you deserve through FirstNet. And we're building FirstNet to meet all…

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FIRSTNET Unveiled: America's Only Communications Platform Dedicated…

January 22, 2018
Chris Sambar
Senior Vice President, AT&T - FirstNet Program

In many ways, the story of FirstNet is a coming-of-age story. Such stories portray a character's journey into adulthood when faced with some hardship that forces them to grow and mature. With...

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The Internet of Lifesaving Things: Smarter Cities, Smarter Response

January 19, 2018
Mike Zeto
General Manager, AT&T Smart Cities

Boots on the ground. Eyes in the sky. First responders are always there when we need them. And we believe it's our responsibility to help serve the everyday heroes who help protect us. All…

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