The FirstNet communications platform – built with AT&T* and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – continues to gain rapid momentum as it brings advanced capabilities to first responders across the country. It has well-surpassed the half-a-million mark, with 600,000+ device connections being used by more than 7,250 public safety agencies. And it continues to expand the coverage, capacity and capability available to first responders, giving Public Safety a network experience that consistently performs over 25% faster than any commercial network.1
Transforming Public Safety Communications
Recent agencies to subscribe to FirstNet include AAA Ambulance Service, American Medical Response, Anchorage Police Department, Chicago Police Department, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Seattle Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Last year’s 7.0 earthquake really brought the significance of the FirstNet system to light. When the shaking stopped, I relied on my FirstNet phone to begin our response to the disaster,” said Justin Doll, Anchorage Police Chief. “Where others had trouble connecting due to network congestion, FirstNet gave us the uninterrupted ability to coordinate our tireless efforts to keep the citizens of Anchorage safe.”
A majority of agencies and nearly 50% of FirstNet’s total connections are new subscribers (not AT&T migrations), and that mix continues to shift. Since January 2019, most of the FirstNet connections added are new subscribers to AT&T. This underscores the role FirstNet is playing to expand Public Safety’s adoption of wireless capabilities.