Florida joins nation's first mobile network for first responders

Robyn Valdez
December 30, 2017

"The Bureau will announce the 90-day decision period for these territories by future public notice after FirstNet provides the required statutory notice to each territory and informs the Bureau it has done so", according to the Federal Communication Commission's public notice posted on the Federal Register.

The December 28 deadline, Sununu said, was too tight for other states causing New Hampshire to be the lone state who opted out.

The release mentioned "first responder subscribers", but did not specifically say how the network will be paid for. As a result, AT&T will build and maintain the FirstNet LTE network and gain access to the 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet in all of these states and territories, which includes the entire continental United States.

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FirstNet was ultimately created by Congress in 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, and its service is provided by AT&T under a 25-year contract.

"We proceeded to have extensive discussions with other governors across the country to help them understand the benefits of such a system", Sununu said.

New Hampshire's alternative vendor, Rivada Networks, was chosen because the arrangement would allow the state to "retain a level of control that it would not have enjoyed in an opt-in scenario", Sununu said at the time.

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Once FirstNet is rolled out, all first responders will communicate on one network.

FirstNet has not yet delivered final buildout plans to the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. "Brown puts reliable communications and cutting-edge technology in the hands of California's first responders", FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said in a prepared statement.

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. "FirstNet looks forward to our continued partnership with the state's public-safety community". "We are pleased that the state's vigorous pursuit of the opt-out path left us in a stronger position than any other state in the country".

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