California Decides to Opt-In to FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
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. But with 48 other states and territories already opting into FirstNet, it became too risky for New Hampshire to go it alone. The release mentioned “first responder subscribers”, but did not specifically say how the network will be paid for.
As part of the agreement, AT&T will use federal funding to build new cell towers around the state that will help improve existing cell phone service in many rural and tribal areas. Three Pacific territories-Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands-did not receive their state plans until this month and have a March 18 deadline for their “opt-in/opt-out” decisions. The December 28 deadline, Sununu said, was too tight for other states causing New Hampshire to be the lone state who opted out.
In an accompanying letter, Director Ghilarducci explains, “While significant progress was made, more work is needed for the FirstNet State Plan to ultimately be a successful initiative that provides a durable public safety communications network”.
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“Through this entire process, New Hampshire has been able to maintain strategic leverage and ensure that the alternative AT&T proposal was one of the best in the country”, Sununu said.
“While California remains concerned that the proposed plan does not meet all our state’s needs, California is opting into the plan with the expectation that our concerns will be addressed throughout our partnership”, Brown stated in his letter notifying FirstNet of the “opt-in” decision.
“These new sites will lead to a top quality public safety network for our first responders and enhanced coverage for all of our citizens”, said Sununu.
- ^ FirstNet (urgentcomm.com)
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