AT&T is proud to report the FirstNet® public safety communications platform – built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – continues to make a big impact in Indiana. Thousands of first responders across Indiana are now subscribed to FirstNet, bringing them the reliability, capability and accountability they trust to carry out their mission.
“Two years ago, my administration made the decision to support the FirstNet platform to improve public safety across the State of Indiana,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “I’m extremely pleased to see the continued network improvements and the increasing number of state and local agencies using FirstNet.”
The FirstNet communications platform continues to extend its reach and grow its capacity with Band 14 spectrum deployed in every market – rural and urban – across the state of Indiana. For reference, Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by the FirstNet Authority specifically for FirstNet. It provides public safety with a dedicated lane of connectivity when needed to help them better respond to incidents and emergencies. First responders in areas like Indianapolis, Warren, Gary, Evansville, Decatur, Bloomington, Miami and Lafayette can take advantage of Band 14’s unique benefits.
More than 75% of our Band 14 nationwide coverage target has already been completed. In addition to the expansion of Band 14 across the country and in the Hoosier state, AT&T has invested nearly $1.2 billion in its Indiana networks during 2016-2018, resulting in more than 700 wireless upgrades and 20 new towers.
“The Indiana public safety community was deeply involved in shaping the build-out plan for the state, so it’s tremendous to see this momentum,” said Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission Executive Director Kelly Dignin. “FirstNet not only brings reliable, dedicated connectivity for our first responders, it has ignited incredible advances in public safety-focused tools and technologies. And that’s making Indiana communities safer – which is something we can all feel really good about.”
Indiana has also benefitted from the dedicated FirstNet fleet of deployable network assets. Additional FirstNet network support was brought in for large, planned events like Indianapolis 500, Grissom Air & Space Expo and Thunder Over Louisville, as well as for emergencies like the tornadoes that hit the City of Pendleton, helping public safety effectively respond to the needs of our communities in the wake of disaster.
“Our first experience with FirstNet was during the 2019 Grissom Air & Space Expo. We provided medical first responders, firefighters and rescue equipment for the two-day event that attracted nearly 50,000 people,” said Pipe Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Flook. “Since the Grissom Air Reserve Base is in a rural area with very limited communication resources, this event taxed communications even further. With FirstNet, all our connections went through, and we had strong service throughout the event. Many different agencies supported the event, and because of FirstNet, we could communicate without delay, helping to ensure no emergency responses were delayed.”
Also, this year in Indiana, AT&T hosted the “FirstNet Hackathon: The Road to 5G” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This coding competition drew over 200 software developers from companies and schools across the state to help build technical solutions for first responders, address Indiana’s opioid challenges and encourage community engagement.
FirstNet is public safety's dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It's bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to strengthen first responders' incident response. And, it's helping them connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
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