FBI Selects FirstNet for Mobility Services Contract
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) expanded its usage of FirstNet, awarding AT&T a mobility contract for additional FirstNet capabilities to support the FBI's day-to-day and emergency operations. The agreement, valued at approximately $92 million, is the largest commitment to FirstNet by a law enforcement or public-safety agency.

The FBI will access FirstNet using FirstNet Ready devices such as smartphones, air cards, modems and more. Several Department of Justice (DOJ) agencies have been using FirstNet, including the antitrust division; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys; justice management division; U.S. attorneys; the U.S. Marshals Service; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which was the first federal agency to fully adopt FirstNet in 2018 with approximately 4,800 users. Under the FBI's new agreement with AT&T, these DOJ agencies can expand their usage of FirstNet while others can choose to begin benefitting from it.

"FirstNet was built with and for all of public safety, including our federal first responders,” said First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) CEO Edward Parkinson. “We are pleased to see the DOJ expand its use of the network platform to connect more agencies within the law enforcement community. The FirstNet Authority looks forward to continuing to work with the department to advance and enhance FirstNet for federal law enforcement."

As of September 30, 2020, there were more than 14,000 public-safety agencies and organizations across the country, representing more than 1.7 million FirstNet connections, subscribed to FirstNet. Federal, state and local public-safety agencies have been using FirstNet for fast, highly reliable interoperable communications to support their work related to the coronavirus pandemic as well as fires, floods and other natural disasters.

"The FBI's award to AT&T is testament to FirstNet's law enforcement-specific attributes,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “We're enormously proud to help the FBI and other DOJ agencies expand their FirstNet usage in support of their critical work to keep us safe and protect our democracy."

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