FirstNet-AT&T public safety broadband network reaches 20 state opt-ins

Alex Murtha | Homeland Security News 

Since its rollout in early July, a total of 20 U.S. states and territories have decided to opt-in to the AT&T-First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide public safety broadband network.

The interoperable communications system allows emergency response personnel to securely and independently communicate with one another across AT&T’s existing long-term evolution (LTE) network.

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FirstNet Momentum: 20 States and Territories to Transform First Responder Communications With FirstNet

AT&T Press Release

More than a third of the country has moved to modernize communications for the fire, police, emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety personnel who bravely protect and serve their communities.

Twenty states and territories have announced their decision to opt-in to the FirstNet network – America’s only communications platform purpose-built for public safety:

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And then there were 20: With Nebraska, FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decisions top 35% threshold for states and territories

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

Nebraska has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making it the 18th U.S. state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system. With 20 of the 56 U.S. states and territories having made “opt-in” decisions, FirstNet has received “opt-in” notification from 35.7% of all governors.

Nevada to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Sandoval Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

Nevada is transforming communications capabilities for first responders across the Silver State. Today, Governor Brian Sandoval announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community.  This will make Nevada the 15th state or territory to bring advanced technologies to its first responders, helping them save lives and protect communities.

“Public safety is of the highest concern,” said Governor Sandoval. “Increasing the safety of our residents, visitors and first responders through FirstNet was the right choice. From volunteer emergency responders in rural communities to those on the front lines in populous areas, our public safety community deserves access to the cutting-edge technologies they need to get the job done.”

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