Partnership Brings First EMS Broadband Service

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

Public-private partnerships can help save lives, literally. FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority created by 2012 legislation under the Public Safety Alliance, recently partnered with AT&T to create an EMS broadband service.

The partnership is spearheading the effort in EMS advanced communications, something FirstNet has been an advocate for over the past four years. The network solution will create a sophisticated and intricate service that isn’t available to commercial users, making telemedicine sharing more efficient for EMS personnel responding to emergencies.

AT&T will invest approximately $40 billion over the span of the 25-year contract, allowing the broadband service to leverage the existing AT&T network valued at more than $180 billion.

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