Gov. Scott decides to opt-in to FirstNet broadband plan

AP | Burlington Free Press

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he’s decided to opt-in to the federal FirstNet plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community.

A state commission recently recommended that Vermont join the federal contract with AT&T to build a broadband network for use by public safety agencies across the country.

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Vermont to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Scott Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

Vermont is advancing the communications capabilities of its first responders. Today, Governor Phil Scott announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Vermont’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

“It is important that Vermont’s first responders have the best service and access to an interoperable network that is expected to advance and adapt with new technology through the next 25 years,” said Gov. Scott. “Vermont faced the choice of building its own network or using the federal solution. After thoroughly considering the technological, financial and operational aspects of both options, I believe the federal plan will more quickly and sustainably provide our public safety community with the network it needs to continue its valuable service to Vermont.”

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Vermont Commission Recommends Joining Safety Broadband Plan

AP | U.S. News & World Report

A Vermont commission is recommending that the state join a federal contract with AT&T to build a broadband network for use by public safety agencies across the country.

Vermont’s Public Safety Broadband Network Commission was asked to determine the state’s best option for building a public safety broadband network.

Vermont Public Radio reports that every U.S. state and territory must choose whether to opt in to the FirstNet contract with AT&T or come up with another way to build a first responder network. So far more than 30 states have chosen the FirstNet contract.

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