Arizona becomes second state to ‘opt-in’ to FirstNet after issuing RFP for alternative RAN

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications 

Arizona yesterday accepted the FirstNet deployment plan to build the nationwide public-safety broadband networks (NPSBN) within its borders, making it the 12th state to “opt-in” and just the second state to make the decision after previously issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to build an alternative LTE radio access network (RAN).

“The State of Arizona is ready to work shoulder-to-shoulder with AT&T and FirstNet to finally deploy a true interoperable nationwide communications system for public safety,” Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in a prepared statement. “We have much work ahead of us, but with AT&T’s open communication and commitment to excellence, the future for all first responders will be safer as will the lives of our citizens.”

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