AT&T finished the initial five-year network buildout of the FirstNet system operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum by the March 30 deadline stipulated in the carrier’s contract with the FirstNet Authority, according to a statement released today by AT&T.
SOURCE: Urgent Communications
DATE: April 4, 2023
As part of the 25-year deal signed with the FirstNet Authority in March 2017, contractor AT&T was required to build out a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) that leverages the 20 MHz of 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to the FirstNet Authority within a five-year period. This five-year window opened in March 2018, when the FirstNet Authority issued the network buildout task order a few months after all 56 states and territories declined the “opt-out” option in favor of having AT&T construct FirstNet within their jurisdictions.