is not only helping first responders communicate in regular disasters,
the broadband communications platform is also boosting communications
needs in hospitals and other healthcare locations during the pandemic.
Officials told Senators on the Communications, Technology, Innovation,
and the Internet Subcommittee Thursday that FirstNet is making good
progress on deployments as laid out in its contract with AT&T.
FirstNet is half-way through its initial five-year schedule. Jason Porter, senior vice president, FirstNet Program at AT&T, said the carrier finished installing Band 14 capability about a year early. He and FirstNet Executive Director Edward Parkinson agreed deployments lay the groundwork for 5G.
Concerning the pandemic, Porter said dealing with COVID has been like responding to a flood, fire or tornado in every city in the country at the same time. The communications platform for first responders includes healthcare workers, according to Porter, as he discussed efforts to provide communications on hospital ships and on tribal reservations. Continue Reading