Follow Up: Alaska signs on to public safety broadband network unrolling nationwide

  • Source: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Published: 09/11/2017 01:50 AM

A massive telecom project intended to connect emergency workers and law enforcement across every state and territory on a unified broadband system is coming to Alaska. Alaska already has a public safety communications system in place that allows police, firefighters and medical personnel to get on the same channel and talk to one another on walkie-talkie-like devices with the turn of a dial and the push of a button. But the new network, called "FirstNet," will use broadband technology to go beyond voice-only connections. Wildland firefighters will be able to send and receive photos and real-time maps of a fast-moving blaze. A police officer might receive the audio recording of a 911 call or floor plans of the building where a crime is taking place.


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