AT&T says all 50 states have opted into first responder network FirstNet

30 December, 2017, 03:07 | Author: Barbara Daniel
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In a statement released today, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced the state would reverse their previous decision to opt-out of FirstNet, the nation's public safety broadband network, and instead opt-in to the national network being built by AT&T, rather than pursue an independent network for New Hampshire alone which would have been built by Rivada.

States were given until Thursday to decide if they wanted to opt-out of involvement with the FirstNet program.

AT&T will build the FirstNet RAN in "opt-in" states or territories at no cost to each jurisdiction, although local public-safety entities will be responsible for paying subscription costs and end-user device expenses. While New Hampshire has said it will opt out, it's still in talks with FirstNet.

Puerto Rico, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, and the Virgin Islands also haveopted into the network, AT&T said. Three Pacific territories-Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands-did not receive their state plans until this month and have a March 18 deadline for their "opt-in/opt-out" decisions. "Due to their vision and hard fought efforts, I can proudly say that this lifesaving network is now a reality across America; FirstNet is going to enhance the safety and security of our first responders and the people they serve".

AT&T said it will rollout an app store and ecosystem for first responder specific apps. States that don't announce decisions will be included in the FirstNet project. "FirstNet looks forward to our continued partnership with the state's public-safety community".

"California is hopeful that AT&T and FirstNet will meaningfully partner with Cal OES and will continue to engage with state officials during the buildout of the public-safety network in California to address the needs of our emergency responders".

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