AT&T was selected to be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone for the first five years of its existence. AT&T is the only carrier to provide a military-spec version of the famous Galaxy series smartphone from Samsung. Now, AT&T is the proprietary network for FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority.
What is FirstNet?
FirstNet was established in 2012 by congress after communication challenges during the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks proved that we needed a single, interoperable network for public safety. After collaborating with public safety stakeholders and leaders in each US state and territory, FirstNet is ready to provide the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.
Imagine a world where our first responders are provided a dedicated driving lane in the event of an emergency, and if that lane starts to get backed up, they also get priority access to additional lanes to ensure they get more information quickly to help them make faster and better decisions. Now, apply this idea to the wireless communication and broadband networks we use every day. This is what FirstNet does. A powerful broadband network that allows first responders and other public safety personnel to send and receive voice, data, video, images and text without the concern of network congestion.
How Does FirstNet Make Us Safer?
Law enforcement and other first responders use tons of video technologies daily to grow the effectiveness of their operations. Body cameras, license plate readers, toll-booth cameras and other surveillance systems depend on reliable networks to deliver public safety and unbiased investigations. Typically, a poor connection is an inconvenience, but in times of an emergency, a congested network can compromise the lives and safety of the public and other first responders.
Be it a wild fire in California or a hurricane in Texas, FirstNet provides a reliable, interoperable, innovative and dedicated network for first responders across every state and territory to ensure that information and communication issues are a thing of the past.