AT&T Launches FirstNet Service to First Responders in Retail Stores, Online
Monday, June 11, 2018 | Comments

More than 5,300 AT&T retail stores will allow “verified” first responders to sign themselves up for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) service. Verified first responders also have the option to sign up online.

Some EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies don’t provide their personnel with wireless service plans or devices. So, the launch of FirstNet mobile plans for subscriber paid users lets verified first responders sign up for FirstNet service under a personal account. Both career and volunteer first responders can qualify.

FirstNet is exclusive to the public-safety community, so eligibility must be confirmed before access will be granted. Qualified first responder agencies enter into an agreement with AT&T that enables them to verify individual first responders who are eligible for the subscriber paid user offer through an online portal. Verified first responders will then receive an activation code that can be presented in store to sign up.

“According to the latest findings from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 70 percent of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteer,” said Fire Chief Ron Oettel, Lititz, Pennsylvania. “That’s more than 800,000 of us who are often the first to respond to emergencies — fires, medical crises and disasters, among others — in small and rural communities across the country. Having the best tools possible is critical. And FirstNet just made it easier for us to have the best.”

Regardless of whether they sign up as subscriber paid users or become agency paid users, all first responder users will have access to the same critical capabilities of FirstNet. Users can receive a FirstNet subscriber identity module (SIM) card connecting them to the physically separate, dedicated FirstNet core.

“Whether you are a career or volunteer member of the public-safety community, FirstNet is your network,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “The launch of the subscriber paid offer shows that FirstNet is doing exactly what it’s designed to do — support our first responders when and where they need it. Now, in communities across America, we can help ensure that this groundbreaking technology quickly gets into the hands of any first responder to help them save lives and protect communities.”

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