U.S. Telecommunications Operator FirstNet Provides Updates To Emergency Services During COVID-19

Date:Mar 17, 2020



AT & T said the U.S. State and Federal Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) have embedded FirstResponse Network Authority (FirstNet) liaisons to strengthen public safety command and control of their networks and help ensure they have Effective response to Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19).

Public safety agencies have free access to 76 deployable cell sites without additional charges. 

The deployment of these assets is led by the FirstNet Response Operations Group (ROG), a team of former First Responders who manage the process under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the FEMA National Response Framework (NRF).

Tim Ketchie, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' communications department, said: "COVID-19 is an unprecedented event for the United States, and communication is critical in an emergency." At various quarantine locations in the state, our commercial network equipment was unable to handle the heavy data transmission required for adequate communication. We turned to fast action and network performance to enable us to support the active participation of hundreds of public safety personnel. This has changed the rules. "

FirstNet optimized the network or provided FirstNet Ready equipment to support the quarantine area, airport, EOC, and other public safety centers in Port of Oakland, California, Riverside, and San Diego; Atlanta, Fulton County, Marietta, and Georgia Rutledge; Nassau County, New York; and San Antonio.

"When men and women across the country stand on the front lines to support our country's response to COVID-19, they can confidently know that with FirstNet, they will have unrestricted connectivity and priority communications, and they need to be here In a public health emergency, "the AT & T statement said. "It is this unparalleled emergency support that distinguishes the public safety network FirstNet from the best-effort commercial wireless network for consumers."

T-Mobile has obtained a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use additional spectrum in the 600 MHz band to help it meet growing customer demand for broadband during the corona virus pandemic and enable operations Businesses can meet the needs of first responders. The Bureau of Telecommunications granted T-Mobile a special temporary license for 60 days to enhance its ability to provide broadband services using additional spectrum in the 600 MHz band. T-Mobile keeps the used spectrum on the FCC list or is held by other licensees who agree to T-Mobile's temporary use of the spectrum.

In addition, the FCC launched the "Keep Americans Connected Pledge", and 69 broadband and phone providers nationwide agreed to take specific steps to help Americans stay in touch for the next 60 days.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, "The FCC is committed to helping Americans work from home in this crisis, learn from home and connect remotely to healthcare professionals." "I want to thank all companies that have agreed to provide spectrum for this important job-DISH , Comcast, NewLevel, LB License Co, Channel 51, Omega, Bluewater and TStar License Holdings. And, of course, I want to thank T-Mobile for doing this work. The temporary authorization will help T-Mobile better serve all of us like us Customers like People who are making major adjustments to their daily lives to minimize face-to-face interactions and slow the spread of COVID-19. In the coming days, I look forward to working with the private sector to take more action to keep people Connection. "