US Virgin Islands joins FirstNet network

The US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T (NYSE: T) plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory´s public safety community, helping first responders save lives and protect communities, the government said.

This makes the US Virgin Islands the first US territory to “opt-in” to the FirstNet network.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for the Virgin Islands´ public safety community at no cost to the territory for the next 25 years. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools just for first responders.

The FirstNet network will transform the way the Virgin Islands´ fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce, overseen by a 15 member Board. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect US communities.

AT&T helps millions around the globe connect with entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services.