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FirstNet: Answering the Call During COVID-19

By: Joseph Divis
Interim President - AT&T New Jersey

During this past year, no emergency affected us more than the COVID-19 public health crisis. The pandemic illustrated the need to stay connected. Thanks to AT&T’s public-private partnership with the federal First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet answered the call – ensuring our first responders had a high-speed wireless broadband network every step of the way.


FirstNet is designed to serve every first responder, whether professional or volunteer.  In addition to supporting frontline first responders, FirstNet is also available to the extended emergency response community who are called on to help support first responders during times of emergency and in its aftermath. These extended primary users include essential government services, public health, education, transportation and utilities.


And now more than ever, the FirstNet connectivity for medical and other emergency response personnel – including nurses and physicians –is essential to responding to the pandemic, administering the vaccine and helping get our communities back to normal.


For instance, FirstNet provided connectivity to support field hospitals in the state, including at the Atlantic City Convention CenterOn the vaccine front, Inspira Health Network in Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, is using FirstNet for stand-alone hotspots and smartphones with hotspot capability at its vaccination site.


AT&T is proud of its strong South Jersey relationships, and most importantly, the people we serve on a daily basis.


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