For law enforcement, the importance of communications systems cannot be overstated. From conducting a search for a missing person in a remote area to trying to keep the peace after a disaster when the grid is down, law enforcement officers respond to all sorts of emergencies where functioning communications are critical. They need systems that are fast, reliable, and expansive.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Jim Bugel, President of FirstNet, AT&T. Jim has over 25 years of experience in the wireless and wired telecommunications industry and an extensive background in public safety, national security, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness.
00:00 – Intro
00:50 – About Jim Bugel
03:55 – FirstNet’s Role in Public Safety
07:48 – Responding to a Major Event
11:40 – FirstNet on Your Personal Phone
15:26 – Status of FirstNet Buildout
18:00 – The Future of FirstNet
21:21 – How the System Actually Works
23:23 – Not Just a Network
28:00 – Final Thoughts