AT&T will complete the initial buildout of FirstNet during this calendar year—several months ahead of schedule—according to a regulatory filing submitted this week by AT&T, which is contracted by the FirstNet Authority to build, operate and upgrade the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
SOURCE: Urgent Communications
DATE: February 18, 2022
Under its agreement with the FirstNet Authority signed in March 2017, AT&T is deploying NPSBN coverage on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum that is licensed to the FirstNet Authority, with AT&T being paid in stages for completing buildout milestones and reaching subscriber-adoption target on time. With the work officially beginning in March 2018, the contract called for this five-year network buildout—a plan that includes 1,000 new towers in key locations identified by state governments—to be completed in March 2023.