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FirstNet to help first responders respond more quickly

DOCOMO Pacific chief executive officer and president Roderick Boss said FirstNet deployment will make communications with the CNMI’s first responders easier.

FirstNet is a network that the U.S. government created after 9/11 to allocate a special radio spectrum for public safety communications platform, Boss said in an interview Wednesday morning.

Roderick Boss

AT&T, which won the bid to be FirstNet’s main provider, selected Docomo Pacific to help support its deployment in the region, he added.

The rationale behind FirstNet is that during 9/11, the first responders, the police, fire department, and other agencies, did not have a unified platform to communicate with each other, he said.

First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet was established by the U.S. Congress to deliver a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety — enabling first responders to respond more quickly and effectively to accidents, disasters, and emergencies.

“This is particularly relevant in the CNMI as we just went through Super Typhoon Yutu,” Boss said. “You guys all know very well how important our first responders are in that operation.”

Through FirstNet, he added, first responders will “get priority routing. They will have access to a network that will be seamlessly interconnected, both to the U.S. Guam and the CNMI, and everybody can talk to each other.”

First responders will be able to register for FirstNet through Docomo, Boss added.

Boss said Docomo Pacific is excited to be a part of FirstNet “because we have a chance both to serve the first responders and we can also expand our own network.”

He noted that Docomo’s recently acquired fiber cable, which runs from Guam to CNMI, performed well during Typhoon Yutu.

“Our network is typhoon proven, and was strong throughout the entire storm and it never lost community communications.”