Ohio Opts Into FirstNet

Andy Szal | Wireless Week

AT&T announced Thursday that Ohio became the 33rd state to opt into its FirstNet first responder communications network.

The telecom giant — the federal contractor for FirstNet — said the decision will facilitate construction of a new wireless ecosystem for public safety that will also bolster broader economic growth.

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Ohio to Enhance Communications for Public Safety with Approved Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

Ohio is advancing communications for first responders. FirstNet and AT&T* will deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Ohio’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“The decision to bring FirstNet to Ohio’s public safety community will revolutionize emergency services across the Buckeye State,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “The network will provide first responders with the speed, reliability and bandwidth they need to take full advantage of new technologies and innovation. FirstNet looks forward to continuing to work with the state to ensure the network meets public safety’s needs, enabling them to collaborate and communicate seamlessly, every day and in every emergency.”

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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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