AT&T FirstNet Build-Out All Set With All 50 States On Board

New wireless broadband network coming to Washington
New wireless broadband network coming to Washington
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30 December, 2017

After reviewing submissions, state officials settled on the FirstNet State Plans provided by AT&T.

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. "Because New Hampshire started early and conducted a thorough evaluation of both paths, we were presented with a strong opt-out plan that strengthened the state's negotiating position".

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said New York's decision was "especially meaningful" considering the network's origins in the final recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Wall Street analysts have said FirstNet is a way for AT&T to add to its portfolio of wireless airwaves, or spectrum, at a time when consumers are using more data on their cell phones.

Although Brown made an "opt-in" decision, his letter referenced concerns about the FirstNet state plan for California that were detailed in another letter authored by Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).

The federal agency and AT&T will build a wireless broadband network specifically for the state's public safety community, to assist first responders in being able to talk with each other when cell towers are overwhelmed.

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The Dec. 28 deadline reflects the end of a 90-day period during which states were asked to decide whether they would participate or opt out.

Sununu said he still believes the Rivada plan is the better option for New Hampshire, but determined the risks are too great.

Decisions from American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas Islands are not due until March 12. With no decision, a state automatically opts-in to the network. "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".

"Thanks to Gov. Bryant's opt-in decision, first responders in MS will now have access to the pioneering communications tools made possible with FirstNet", Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T MS, said in a prepared statement.

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.


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