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


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

It will provide any information or answer any questions they may have to help them make the best decision for their public safety communities.

"While California remains concerned that the proposed plan does not meet all our state's needs, California is opting into the plan with the expectation that our concerns will be addressed throughout our partnership", Brown stated in his letter notifying FirstNet of the "opt-in" decision.

Gov. Chris Sununu announced his intention to opt-in to the nationwide network for first responders after previously deciding to opt-out and go with an alternative vendor. New Hampshire, Mississippi and NY also joined the FirstNet project earlier Thursday.

New Hampshire will not opt out of a national wireless network for first responders as originally planned, the governor announced Thursday.

According to analysts on Wall Street, AT&T can use FirstNet to widen its broadband coverage.

Sununu said he still believes the Rivada plan is the better option for New Hampshire, but determined the risks are too great. The governor said other states had also expressed concerns about AT&T's plan, but time ran out for them to get comfortable with opting out. 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.

"As a result, it now appears likely that no other states will opt out", Sununu said.

Florida has joined a national program created to improve mobile communications for first responders. "Our goal has and will always be to bring each state and territory the best and most sustainable network - a solution designed for public safety, by public safety, delivered by a proven partner".

Gov. Chris Sununu has chose to go with AT&T and its nationwide emergency responder network known as FirstNet, reversing an earlier decision to pursue a contract with upstart communication company Rivada.

The opt-out decision, and the entire process leading up to a decision allowed the state to maintain leverage to "ensure that the AT&T proposal was one of the best in the country", Sununu said.

"While we are disappointed that the regulatory and financial hurdles for opt-out ultimately proved too high, we are pleased that the state's vigorous pursuit of the opt-out path left us in a stronger position than any other state", he said.



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