“AT&T believes we have a civic duty to do our part during these challenging times,” stated Toni M. Broberg, President of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico. “The partnership between the Navajo Nation, FEMA, and FirstNet is a great collaboration during this very difficult time for those in the community, and AT&T and FirstNet are committed to helping the tribal communities on the Navajo Nation.”
As reported in IndianCountryToday.com, two Satellite Cell on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs) have been dispatched to help FirstNet providers within the Navajo Nation. AT&T is a primary provider for FirstNet, which worked closely with the Navajo Nation to determine how best to use resources to assist with the impact of COVID-19 in the region. To maximize coverage, one SatCOLT was placed at the Navajo Nation Administration Building in Window Rock, Arizona. The second was positioned in New Mexico at the Navajo Nation Department of Transportation Tse Bonito Office.
“Navajo Nation has been working with FirstNet to make sure the needs of tribal first responders and health command workers serving Navajo Nation are met,” said Chris Becenti, the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Office. “We look forward to the future deployment of FirstNet on the Navajo Nation,” referencing the buildout of public safety’s Band 14 spectrum on Navajo Nation. “We appreciate that FirstNet answered our call when we requested the deployable asset to provide critical connectivity for federal and tribal officials responding to the COVID-19 crisis.”
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