New Jersey was one of the first states in the country to opt-in to FirstNet, a dedicated mobile broadband network that gives first responder subscribers across New Jersey, and across the nation, access to the communications network they need, when they need it.
FirstNet is the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network. This network will be different from anything that has previously been available to first responders in New Jersey and nationwide. With FirstNet, fire, police and emergency medical services personnel can send and receive important voice, text and video data across a single network, even across different agencies and jurisdictions.
Before FirstNet, first responders across the nation relied on a patchwork of more than 10,000 radio networks, causing communication delays and confusion among emergency responders as they tried to help those in need. FirstNet will help bridge this communications gap among first responders across the state, and even across the nation, so they can arrive at the scene equipped with the information they need to help save lives.
This is especially important during times of emergency and when managing large events. With FirstNet, officers in the field can relay valuable information to other first responders and up the chain to better coordinate a response. With FirstNet service, top-level officers will be able to share critical information with other public safety agencies and lead a more coordinated effort.
FirstNet is a major step forward for public safety in New Jersey. This network could be game-changing – as significant as the adoption of the 9-1-1 system. New Jersey should be proud to be one of the first states to opt-in to this innovative network that will help first responders better protect and serve New Jersey citizens.
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J. Michael Schweder, President, AT&T Mid Atlantic