Ohio becomes 33rd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

Ohio officials today announced that the state has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Ohio the 33rd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

“This technology will transform public-safety communications by providing a modern, digital and high-performance network capability to first responders across the state and the nation,” Rick Schmal, Ohio program director for the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS), said in a prepared statement. “Ohio is joining more than 30 other states in the national initiative to deploy a seamless, interoperable network to put cutting-edge tools in the hands of those charge with securing and protecting our citizens and businesses.”

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