AT&T says all 50 states have opted into first responder network FirstNet

AT&T says all 50 states have opted into first responder network FirstNet

Wall Street analysts have said FirstNet is a way for AT&T to add to its portfolio of wireless airwaves, or spectrum, at a time when consumers are using more data on their cell phones.

The Dec. 28 deadline reflects the end of a 90-day period during which states were asked to decide whether they would participate or opt out.

"As a result, it now appears likely that no other states will opt out", Sununu said.

Phil Bryant today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making MS the 46th state-not including three territories-to "opt-in" to the FirstNet system by today's deadline.

Gov. Chris Sununu had announced earlier that New Hampshire would opt out of the national FirstNet system built by AT&T and instead work with a startup company called Rivada to build its own network.

FirstNet aims to improve coordination among first responders during emergencies without having to rely exclusively on commercial networks.

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"Together, we conducted the nation's most thorough state level review of available FirstNet options, negotiated hard on behalf of the state and its first responders, and ultimately obtained one of the best opt-in plan proposals of any state in the country", Stevens said in a statement.

In the Pacific Northwest, a Washington official said the state regularly joins its southern neighbor, Oregon, in battling such natural disasters as wildfires - so the two states collaborated on a decision announced December 26, to join FirstNet.

Firstnet will be a "public safety" network that will allow emergency responders to get information quickly during crisis events when regular cellular service is often bogged down by affected citizens trying to reach loved ones.

Sununu on October 16 issued an executive order creating a committee to review the regulatory and financial risks associated with an opt-out plan. "It will provide our first responders with the tools they need to keep Mississippians safe".

But he could not convince other states to join in. "FirstNet in California will help deliver innovation and interoperability across the Golden State's diverse landscape-including its rural, urban and coastal areas".

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