Texas became the 23st state or territory on Tuesday to opt-in for the First Responder Network (FirstNet). On Monday Maryland and Idaho signed on.
“We’ve now passed the 40 percent threshold of states or territories signing on to the FirstNet/AT&T public-private partnership to build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for the public safety community,” Jeffrey Kobs, AT&T.
AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure, resilient wireless broadband communications network for Texas’s public safety community at no cost to the state. This plan will help improve public safety and enhance emergency preparedness across the state by providing first responders with cutting edge communication technologies.
“Hurricane Harvey is still fresh on our minds as the area continues to recover. The support we received from AT&T and FirstNet during our response was incredible, and with this partnership, it will only get better,” said Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar. “Whether responding to storms like Harvey or wildfires in West Texas, our state’s first responders go above and beyond the call of duty every day to help Texans and save lives. The innovative FirstNet system will provide them a network worthy of their service — that will help protect their safety while giving them the tools and technologies they need to stay connected and to help communities and citizens across Texas.”
The FirstNet network will transform the way Texas’s fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information before, during and after emergencies and natural disasters, by: