FirstNet’s Sue Swenson Expresses Confidence In AT&T’s Ability To Make Network Vision A Reality

Chairwoman Sue Swenson says early indications from AT&T officials make her confident that the carrier has the proper public-safety-centric focus to build the public-safety broadband network.

AT&T still must complete a great deal of work, but the organization is more confident about building its much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSN) than it has been during any stage of its previous five years in existence, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.

Swenson said that confidence is a reflection of two primary factors:

FirstNet’s trust in AT&T, the telecommunications giant that was awarded the 25-year nationwide FirstNet contract in March; and the carrier’s commitment to meet the needs of the public-safety community.
Building a nationwide LTE system is a task that has been done before (and by AT&T specifically)—a stark contrast to most major FirstNet accomplishments to date, which called for the organization to complete tasks that had not been done before.

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