Rescue. Reconnect. Rebuild

Our Utah team is looking forward to a successful fall season. We’ve also joined with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in a public-private partnership to build and manage America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety. In August, Montana became the 12th state or territory to “opt-in” to FirstNet and as of Oct. 20, a total of 27 states or territories have signed on so far.

Our thoughts are with the thousands of individuals who are being impacted by the California wildfires, earthquakes in Mexico and by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

We also keep Nevada in our hearts. After the horrific events in Las Vegas, AT&T mobilized a text to give campaign for the University Medical Center Foundation (UMCF) to secure donations for Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and support their treatment of patients in need.

Wishing everyone a very safe and enjoyable fall season.


Tara Thue
External & Legislative Affairs Director — AT&T Utah

FirstNet momentum: 27 states and territories transform first responder communications with FirstNet


Nearly half of the country has moved to modernize communications for fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety personnel who bravely protect and serve their communities.

As of Oct. 23, 27 states and territories have announced their decision to opt in to the FirstNet network — America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety. Both AT&T* and FirstNet committed significant resources to improve communications among first responders and members of the public safety community. With an opt-in decision, FirstNet, together with AT&T, bears the financial risk associated with the network in each state or territory and will require no additional financial resources from the state or territory to deploy or operate the network.

The FirstNet network is the only wireless, broadband network specially designed through consultation and feedback from public safety to ensure it meets their current and future technology needs. States have received their updated state plans.

For more information on a governor’s decision to opt in, go to Opt-in updates can be tracked here: For information on subscribing to FirstNet, please go to

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Tara Thue is the president of AT&T Mountain West States. In this role, Tara leads all external, governmental and public affairs for AT&T in Idaho, Montana and Utah.

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