LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 9, 2019 – Public Safety across federal, state and local agencies are gearing up for Thunder Over Louisville. And with crowds averaging around half a million annually, the Kentucky Derby Festival is working with AT&T* to employ FirstNet – the nationwide public safety communications platform – as the official first responder communications provider for the big event.
“Thunder Over Louisville is an exciting day for this city and the spectators who travel from across the country to experience this iconic event. I’m thrilled we are here to help keep the first responders supporting the event connected to the critical information they need via the FirstNet communications platform,” said Hood Harris, president, AT&T Kentucky. “With FirstNet, AT&T is extending its continuous network upgrades by making public safety-specific enhancements across the city. These enhancements help ensure Public Safety has the tools they need to communicate – every day and in every emergency.”
The FirstNet team at AT&T has been working closely with a number of public safety agencies to prepare for the event. First responders with FirstNet will be equipped with the coverage, capacity and capabilities – priority and preemption included – that they need to quickly and simply stay connected throughout the festivities, and ultimately help keep fans safe.
These are the same types of public safety-specific preparations that were put in place to support large events like Pro-Football’s Big Game, college basketball championship games and the upcoming Boston Marathon.
When hundreds of thousands of people descend on an area for large events, commercial networks experience a tremendous increase in demand. First responders using those commercial networks have to compete with attendees, creating situations where someone posting a selfie could prevent first responders onsite from sharing photos of a lost child.
Safety should never come second. And with FirstNet, it doesn’t. With FirstNet, subscribers supporting Thunder Over Louisville will no longer need to compete with the influx in commercial traffic for access to network resources. By putting additional FirstNet preparations in place, we’re helping to make sure the public safety communications platform is ready for the hundreds of first responders that will be supporting the festivities.
FirstNet is being built with AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority. This helps to ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.
To learn more about the value FirstNet is bringing to Public Safety, check out FirstNet.com.
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