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AT&T Reports Financials, FirstNet to be 5G Foundation

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AT&T reported financial results for the 2017 fourth quarter and full year, with executives saying the recent federal tax bill will benefit the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and the public-safety network will be the foundation for AT&T’s 5G buildout. The carrier, which last year won the FirstNet contract to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), […]

New Hampshire Is First State to Opt Out of FirstNet

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Dec. 07–More than 30 states and territories have already opted in to FirstNet, the dedicated nationwide network for public safety and first responders — but on Thursday, Dec. 7, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced his state will be the first to officially opt out and pursue an alternate plan. Like other key states including California, Colorado, Florida and New York, New Hampshirehas devoted considerable time to […]

FirstNet Faces Cybersecurity, Interoperability Issues

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The FirstNet national communications network for first responders still faces challenges to ensure the network’s reliability, security, and interoperability. Mark Goldstein, director of physical infrastructure issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said that FirstNet struggles with providing network coverage to rural and hard-to-reach areas, ensuring the network’s overall resiliency and cybersecurity, managing frameworks for […]