FirstNet now available for first responders across the U.S.
FirstNet opt-in states now include all 50 states, two territories and Washington, D.C., expanding first responder wireless broadband network access
By EMS1 Staff
RESTON, Va. — First responders across the United States now have access to AT&T's FirstNet now that the network's opt-in states include all 50 states, two territories and Washington, D.C.
AT&T announced that all first responders can now choose to use the lifesaving communications network.
“This is a landmark day and monumental achievement for public safety – one that has been years in the making,” First Responder Network Authority Board Chair Sue Swenson said. “There are many who said this network would never happen, but public safety never gave up on their network. Because of their vision and hard fought efforts, I can proudly say that this lifesaving network is now a reality across America; FirstNet is going to enhance the safety and security of our first responders and the people they serve.”
Every state accepted the FirstNet deployment plan in the 90-day decision period governors had to opt-out, or join the FirstNet opt-in states for the FirstNet proposed Radio Access Network buildout plan, which concluded yesterday.
“With every state saying `yes’ to the FirstNet plan, America’s first responders now have a nationwide interoperable network they can rely on 24/7/365 – like their mission,” First Responder Network Authority Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth said. “I applaud these governors for their decision and congratulate public safety for its advocacy and partnership throughout the process. With more than 50 states and territories participating in FirstNet, public safety is assured of an enduring, self-sufficient network to serve them for years to come.”
AT&T said FirstNet will see many changes in 2018, such as FirstNet-approved mobile apps, fully-encrypted public safety data and public safety community engagement.