FirstNet providing unprecedented emergency support for public safety in Atlanta during Big Game

January 24, 2019

by AT&T

As the Atlanta area gets ready for one of the year’s biggest sporting events, FirstNet has been working with dozens of public safety agencies to help ensure first responders have the coverage, capacity and capabilities they need to stay connected and keep fans safe.

“Many of the network enhancements deployed for the Big Game are permanent and will continue to benefit customers and first responders long after the game ends. It’s just one of the ways we’re continuing to invest in our Atlanta network,” said Scott Mair, president, AT&T Operations.

In addition to network enhancements to help ensure FirstNet is ready for the Big Game, we have:

  • Deployed public safety’s high-quality Band 14 spectrum across the area to provide optimal coverage and capacity for first responders.
  • Installed distributed antenna systems at numerous local and federal public safety agency centers.
  • Staged a FirstNet Satellite Cell on Light Truck outside the stadium for redundancy and to provide additional coverage to first responders if needed.

In addition, members of the FirstNet Program team at AT&T will staff the Command Post for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security in the week leading up to and through the day of the Big Game. This will help ensure public safety’s communications needs are met.

FirstNet is the nationwide communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders and public safety community. It’s being built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. And it’s bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need – especially when at large events like the Big Game.