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At AT&T, we strive to work alongside policymakers, civic leaders and other external stakeholders to develop forward-looking policies and solutions that help encourage investment, spur innovation and maintain a level playing field for companies in the telecommunications space.

Emerging issues impacting our state

FirstNet: AT&T was selected by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build and manage the first mobile internet network dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services when they need it. First responders o en face many communications challenges when an emergency strikes. They use more than 10,000 radio networks for voice communication, making it a challenge for multiple public safety agencies to coordinate quickly and effectively. And, first responders also rely on the same commercial networks as consumers and businesses, so when networks are congested, first responders may experience delays in communication and weak or no network signals.

The FirstNet network will allow public safety agencies to communicate on a highly secure, nationwide, interoperable communications network. By utilizing one network, emergency responders will have enhanced communications capabilities that will allow them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively during times of emergency.

Small Cells: People everywhere are using connected devices for nearly everything. To accommodate the surging amount of data that accompanies these solutions without driving prices sky-high for consumers, we must densify our network to operate more efficiently.

Small cells are flexible network solutions that can be readily deployed to specific locations that are heavily populated, prone to connection issues or that can’t effectively be served by a traditional macro cell. Small cells help to deliver increased data capacity, faster connectivity speeds and an overall better wireless experience today, while also preparing us for the technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Smart Cities: Smart cities aspire to use technology to put people first. By connecting things like lighting, water, energy grids and public transportation to the internet, AT&T is helping cities save money, preserve natural resources, and build better relationships with their citizens. Smart cities offer a new vision for daily living where the world around us is conducive to making life easier, and lets us focus on the personal connections that make city life vibrant and full of purpose.

To ensure our networks are prepared for this connected future, we must invest in our infrastructure today. Small cells will help to lay the foundation for technologies that will help unlock the true promise of smarter cities. It’s one more way that AT&T is using the power of our network to build a better tomorrow.

Using our next-generation networks to enhance public safety and keep our communities connected

For us, keeping you connected is always our priority—but even more so a er a natural disaster or other emergency when communication is most crucial. That’s why at AT&T we have a history of investing, developing and delivering technological innovations ranging from network resilience & security, mission critical solution capabilities, emergency & disaster preparedness, and now the FirstNet network.

As AT&T enhances its larger network to keep pace with consumer demand, we also continue to bolster our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program.

  • From January 2007 through December 2016, AT&T experienced a 250,000% increase in data usage on our network.
  • We are also deploying small cells – flexible network solutions that can be readily deployed to specific locations – to help account for the surge in demand to ensure network reliability when it matters most, like in an emergency disaster when data traffic is high.
  • To help protect this data in an emergency, the NDR fleet now includes 13 trailers dedicated to the recovery of the core, high-capacity routers that send and receive all of the network traffic from one network office to the next. These trailers can support data traversing at rates as high as 100 gigabits per second, and when fully-equipped, these connected trailers can scale to a capacity of over 15 terabits per second.

AT&T was selected by FirstNet to build and manage the first mobile internet network dedicated to America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical services when they need it.

  • First responders o en face many communications challenges when an emergency strikes. They use more than 10,000 radio networks for voice communication, making it a challenge for multiple public safety agencies to coordinate quickly and effectively.
  • And, first responders also rely on the same commercial networks as consumers and businesses, so when networks are congested, first responders may experience delays in communication and weak or no network signals.
  • The FirstNet network will allow public safety agencies to communicate on a highly secure, nationwide, interoperable communications network. By utilizing one network, emergency responders will have enhanced communications capabilities that will allow them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively.

With our Smart Cities initiative, AT&T is helping keep cities safer using connected Internet of Things solutions.

  • Gunfire detection technology can help law enforcement react quickly and efficiently. Remote sensors on light posts and other infrastructure will help law enforcement determine the number of people involved and the number of rounds fired.
  • With remote monitoring capabilities, maintenance crews can quickly identify hazardous road conditions and detect necessary repairs for bridges and roadways.
  • Cities can help create safer event experiences by monitoring and managing traffic lights and pedestrian routes at stadiums, parks and busy intersections.

When disaster strikes, AT&T is committed to keeping our communities connected.