By Jason Porter, President, Public Sector and FirstNet, AT&T
“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
Following every major large-scale disaster – whether manmade or natural – public safety develops an after-action report. These are vital to helping ensure that we are even more prepared for the next major event. And if there was ever a year that deserved such assessment, it’s 2020.
Amidst titanic cultural shifts, health and safety threats and surrounding uncertainty, America’s first responders and frontline healthcare workers experienced a year unlike any other. And FirstNet®, Built with AT&T – the nation’s only communications network providing first responders with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when and where they need – was there to serve them. From supporting the first mass COVID-19 testing sites, as well as severe wildfires and one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, straight through to the siege on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, the past year has been the ultimate stress test for FirstNet.