FirstNet Service Launches in 3 Pacific Territories
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) launched in the three Pacific territories — American Samoa, Guam and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. FirstNet is adding three on-island portable cell sites, one per territory, to its FirstNet fleet of dedicated deployable network assets to support public-safety agencies in the territories in time for typhoon season.

The service launch equips firefighters, law enforcement, paramedics, 9-1-1 telecommunicators, emergency managers and other public-safety personnel with unthrottled access to the interoperable communications they need, no matter the emergency. By collaborating with local network providers in the region, first responders in the Pacific territories will have mobile services with always-on priority and pre-emption capability. The deployable assets are available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge for planned and emergency events.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, AT&T said the FirstNet assets have already helped provide reliable communications in the Pacific. In support of the US Navy/USS Theodore Roosevelt in Santa Rita, Guam, a dedicated FirstNet portable cell site was deployed to provide additional coverage.

FirstNet subscribers in the territories also have access to FirstNet Ready devices, rate plans, unlimited talk and text with no additional charges for calls and messages to North America, and a portal for self service.

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