FirstNet supports first responders at the Big Game

by Jason Porter - President, Public Sector and FirstNet Program at AT&T

At AT&T, we’ve spent decades unlocking new ways for fans to interact with entertainment through technology. We’ve reimagined how they experience sports. And we’ve worked to get them closer to the action – in the stadium, at home and on-the-go. Fans, athletes and organizations now collectively share more content than ever.

But it’s never been more vital for first responders to have access to the dedicated connectivity and innovative, mission-centric tools and solutions they need.

That’s why we answered public safety’s call. And it’s why we’re delivering FirstNet®, Built with AT&T – the only network built with and for America’s first responders.

We are public safety’s partner. And we’re the only wireless carrier that backs first responders with their own network built precisely to keep them ready, no matter the mission. We’ve spent over a year working with local, state and federal public safety agencies to ensure they are the true champions at this year’s Big Game.

We’ve gone farther than anyone in the industry to secure public safety communications. And thanks to our public-private-partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government – we’re delivering a one-of-a-kind 5G experience to first responders in Los Angeles.

When it comes to public safety, it’s essential we approach 5G in a different way. That’s why first responders continue to have the unthrottled, prioritized connectivity they need to protect them from network congestion. And with Band 14 spectrum blanketing the stadium and the area, public safety will have its own lane of connectivity when needed.

To further support first responders at the Big Game, we’ve stationed 5 Satellite Cells on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs) from the FirstNet fleet to provide dedicated FirstNet coverage as needed. We’ve stationed these assets in key areas in and around the stadium to support public safety’s unified command operations and interoperability needs. This is in addition to 6 high-capacity Cells on Wheels (COWs) deployed at the stadium to support first responders and fans.

Plus, the FirstNet Response Operations Group – led by former first responders –  is embedded with public safety to address any immediate needs leading up to and during the Big Game. The team also is staffing key Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in the Los Angeles area, as well as inside the stadium on game day. They’ve got the new Communications Vehicle, a Micro SatCOLT, and a cache of network equipment and FirstNet Ready® devices to deploy at a moment’s notice.

And with FirstNet, we go beyond connectivity to support public safety’s needs. At the request of public safety command, ROG the Dog will be at the EOCs to provide first responders with some much-needed stress relief before kickoff.

For fans, the Big Game is a single day. It’s about 4 hours filled with a star-studded halftime show, over-the-top commercials and 2 powerhouse teams making once-in-a-lifetime plays. For public safety, the Big Game is a massive public safety event, comprising a week-long operation a year in the making. Thousands of first responders from agencies across jurisdictions have come together to make it a success. And long after the game clock hits 0:00, public safety will be the true champions who help to keep us all safe.