AT&T, Inc., announced today that more than 250,000 connections at more than 3,600 public safety agencies have been activated on network that AT&T is building for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a nearly 50% increase in agencies signed up in nearly two months. “Much work still needs to be done to make sure FirstNet is a solution that meets the needs of all first responders. But we’re proud of how FirstNet has been delivering for first responders and the communities they serve when help is most needed. And we’re honored to see public safety embrace their network,” said Chris Sambar, AT&T’s senior vice president-FirstNet. A news release emphasized the use of FirstNet during hurricanes Florence and Michael and during other events.
“Recent events continue to underscore the need for FirstNet,” said FirstNet acting Chief Executive Officer Ed Parkinson. “We’re still early in the build process, and we’ll continue to work side-by-side with the public safety community to ensure FirstNet lives up to its promises. But to see FirstNet in action and hear how first responders across the country have already benefitted from the service is a remarkable start and a solid testament to why FirstNet was created.”