FirstNet Built with AT&T Helps Keep Public Safety Connected
What is FirstNet?
FirstNet is the result of a public/private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T. Based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission Report, legislation was passed in 2012 to combine private sector resources, infrastructure, expertise and economies of scale with government resources—including Band 14, highly desirable spectrum dedicated to public safety by the Federal government—to deploy and operate a first responder network. AT&T is contractually committed to build a network designed to meet a 99.99% service availability objective a standard unmatched by any other large scale LTE network in the world today.
Who is eligible for FirstNet?
Why is FirstNet ideal for first responders?
During an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. That means only those on FirstNet will be able to access Band 14 spectrum, further elevating their connected experience and emergency response. That’s unique in the industry and something public safety won’t get anywhere but on the FirstNet network.
How is FirstNet different from other commercial carriers?
The speed, performance and reliability provided by FirstNet allows emergency personnel to share videos, text messages, photos and other essential information during incidents in near real time and utilize location services to help with mapping capabilities during rescues and evacuations. Having an unlimited, reliable and fast Internet connection on a separate cellular network gives first responders the confidence they need to handle any emergency situation.
What rate plans are there for FirstNet?
What devices will work on FirstNet?
The bottom line
- FirstNet is the AT&T nationwide high-speed wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety when and where they need it most. It allows first responders, emergency personnel and other essential workers to communicate during an emergency situation. It is designed to cut through the clutter of commercial traffic.
- The speed, performance and reliability provided by FirstNet allows emergency personnel to share videos, text messages, photos and other essential information during incidents in near real time and utilize location services to help with mapping capabilities during rescues and evacuations.
- Eligible customers can choose from a variety of talk, text and data plans and use any FirstNet Ready smartphone, tablet or wearable device.