City of Rehoboth Beach Transforms First Responder Communications with FirstNet

May 6th, 2019

The City of Rehoboth Beach is connecting our police officers, public works, emergency management and other first responders to FirstNet – a new communications platform just for public safety. This tech upgrade equips our personnel with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, so we can better serve those who live, work and visit Rehoboth Beach.

FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies. This is integral to solving for the common roadblock that communications issues have imposed on past public safety responses.

“Resiliency is critical, and our department wanted a very robust dedicated broadband communications platform prioritized for public safety,” said Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks.

The City is using FirstNet to connect our frontline apparatus, modems, routers, and all department-issued phones. The City of Rehoboth Beach joined FirstNet to provide first responders with reliable, modern communications tools needed to perform at their best, including:

  • One, a nationwide communications platform that allows us to efficiently and effectively coordinate emergency responses across agencies and jurisdictions.
  • Always-on priority and preemption to give us reliable access to the connection we need – even if the network is congested.
  • A physically separate, highly secure network core purpose-built for public safety’s sensitive communications.
  • Planned increases in coverage and capacity, enabling us to better respond to emergencies in virtually all areas of Rehoboth Beach – and across the state.
  • Innovative tools – like relevant applications and connected devices – to give us more actionable information for heightened situational awareness.

“As a former state trooper, I know how important it is to have reliable communications systems in place to keep our emergency personnel connected. I’m pleased that Rehoboth Beach signed on to FirstNet, giving our first responders an additional tool to help them keep our communities safe,” said Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, the Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives and former Delaware State Police Captain.

FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). It’s designed with and for public safety.

“We took action when first responders said they needed better tools to keep their communities – and themselves – out of harm’s way. FirstNet will help first responders in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and across the country perform at the highest levels,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T in Delaware. “We’re honored to play a part in that transformation and applaud the City of Rehoboth Beach for helping to lead the way.”  

“FirstNet is the exclusive communications platform being built with AT&T for public safety and inspired by public safety. There is no substitution for this network that they fought for,” said Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO, FirstNet Authority. “We look forward to supporting the City of Rehoboth Beach and all of Delaware’s public safety community with FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need when they need it.”

To learn more about the City of Rehoboth Beach, visit To learn more about FirstNet, go to To learn more about subscribing to FirstNet, contact Rob Walls at 610-772-5189 or [email protected]. Qualified individual first responders can subscribe to FirstNet at a local AT&T store.