Three More States Opt In to FirstNet Public Safety Network

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A total of 23 states or territories now have made the decision to opt in to FirstNet, the nationwide mobile broadband public safety network. Texas, Idaho and Maryland announced this week that they are joining in. “As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our...Learn More

What Happens If a State Decides to Opt Out of FirstNet Plans from AT&T?

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Rivada Networks and U.S. Cellular are the latest companies to challenge AT&T’s progress in gaining agreements to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network known as FirstNet. Just a few weeks after Verizon said it would build a core public safety network core in...Learn More

Verizon FirstNet Alternative Aims to Retain Company’s Public Safety Customers

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Verizon said today that it will build a network core to support a nationwide mobile broadband service for public safety users. This would put it in competition with AT&T, which won a contract to build a nationwide public safety network dubbed FirstNet. The Verizon FirstNet...Learn More

Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or...Learn More

FirstNet Apps Ecosystem is Key to Future Success and is Being Built on Three Pillars

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Applications will be key to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the FirsNet Apps ecosystem is being built on three pillars. They include: developing a rich set of applications for public safety, ensuring that the applications developed for the network enhance public safety and...Learn More

FirstNet States Now Number Five

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nascent nationwide first responder LTE network, today announced that five states now have opted into the program. FirstNet states now include Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, and Wyoming. “Governors Hutchinson, Reynolds, Bevin, McAuliffe and Mead are taking critical steps...Learn More

Virginia is First State to Opt in to AT&T FirstNet Plan

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Virginia is expected today to be the first state to opt in to AT&T FirstNet plans to build a wireless public safety network that ultimately will interconnect with public safety networks in all 50 states. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced the decision at an event...Learn More

AT&T Releases FirstNet State Plans; States Have 90 Days to Opt In

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AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released their state-by-state plans for the FirstNet nationwide public safety network yesterday. Individual states will have 90 days to determine whether they want to opt in or out of the FirstNet state plans, which call for AT&T...Learn More

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