AT&T says all U.S. states will use its public safety netwowrk

New wireless broadband network coming to Washington

AT&T will build the FirstNet RAN in "opt-in" states or territories at no cost to each jurisdiction, although local public-safety entities will be responsible for paying subscription costs and end-user device expenses.

Sununu said he still believes the Rivada plan is the better option for New Hampshire, but determined the risks are too great.

"Following our decision to opt-out and go with the Rivada plan that provides better coverage, more system control and an opportunity to share in the revenue streams of the business, we proceeded to have extensive discussions with other governors across the country to help them understand the benefits of such a system", Sununu said.

In a statement on December 28, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu indicated that after his state's decision to opt out, talks with other governors around the country who were themselves interested in pursuing independent networks revealed the deadline was approaching "too quickly for these other states to feel confident in an opt-out decision".

AT&T said it will rollout an app store and ecosystem for first responder specific apps.




AT&T (T) and FirstNet on Friday are expected to announce the next steps for building out a nationwide wireless network for public safety providers, after a late flurry of states signed onto the project.

The decision to reverse course and opt-in, however, Sununu said, came from his conversations with other state governors. "Because New Hampshire started early and conducted a thorough evaluation of both paths, we were presented with a strong opt-out plan that strengthened the state's negotiating position".

California was the fifth state to announce its "opt-in" decision today, which was the deadline for governors in all states to make their FirstNet "opt-in/opt-out" decisions. All are participating, and American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marianas Islands get until March 12, 2018 to decide.

"From giving public safety in New York City dedicated spectrum to bringing a reliable, high-speed wireless connection to rural and remote areas of the state, FirstNet will improve connectivity and foster innovation for law enforcement, fire and EMS", Poth said in a statement.

The opt-out decision, and the entire process leading up to a decision allowed the state to maintain leverage to "ensure that the AT&T proposal was one of the best in the country", Sununu said.

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