AT&T CEO Expects Accelerated FirstNet Buildout

CEO promises hardening, ‘ruthless preemption’ for public safety

By Donnie Jackson, Urgent Communications

AT&T expects to deploy the Band 14 FirstNet public-safety LTE network “much quicker” than the five-year schedule included in the request for proposals (RFP), and first-responder subscribers will have “ruthless preemption” access rights on the system, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said today.

Speaking during the JP Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Stephenson outlined myriad advantages to AT&T deploying FirstNet quickly—something the carrier giant hopes to do, if states choose to accept the FirstNet/AT&T nationwide deployment plan.

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